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Dr Clare Jonas, “One of these things is not like the other: crossmodal correspondences in perception and cognition”

Starts 18 January 2017 - 13:00
Finishes 18 January 2017 - 14:00
Venue Room 534 Main Building
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Dr Clare Jonas, University of East London

One of these things is not like the other: crossmodal correspondences in perception and cognition

Wednesday lunchtime Cognitive Science Seminars, Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck main building, Room 534, 5th floor, 1pm-2pm

Abstract: One of the ongoing problems of existing in a multisensory world is that sensory information is processed by multiple different sensory organs. Somehow this information has to be glued back together to make a coherent whole. One method by which this might happen is through crossmodal correspondences - biases to pair together certain information across sensory dimensions. For example, a light-coloured oject "goes with" a high-pitched noise better than a low-pitched noise. This talk will explore possible explanations for crossmodal correspondences; how they might interact with each other; the use (and misuse) of crossmodal correspondences in technology and art; and potential influences that they can have on higher-level cognition.

Biography: Clare Jonas completed her PhD at the University of Sussex in 2010 and has since worked at the University of St Andrews and Brunel University. She is currently a lecturer at the University of East London. Her research interests are multisensory perception, synaesthesia, and numerical cognition. At the weekend, she can usually be found in art galleries or practically applying her work on crossmodal correspondences by attempting to guess the names of dogs on Hampstead Heath.