Neuroscience & Psychology Postgraduate Society Seminars

How do we integrate information optimally from various senses?

Humans have been seen to integrate sensory information optimally. There is growing evidence that we integrate the cues picked up from our senses and process these as probabilities. The probabilities constructed need to account for motor noise carefully if they are to lead to optimal movements. When information coming from one sense is ambiguous then our system has strategies to overcome this impacting on our performance. We will investigate how we manage to perform our daily movements accurately and effortlessly by examining simple pointing movements. We will also speculate as to when the whole notion of ?optimality? starts to fall apart.