Human perceptual experience at any moment is conglomeration of different sensory infor-

 
  mation. While you’re browsing this website, you may hear some music and you may feel the  
  surface of the computer keyboard, or a hot mug filled with coffee. Experimental results so  
  far have shown that what we hear or how we feel can affect what we see, or vice versa.  
  However, we all know that we have five distinct senses. Also, neuroscience has taught that  
 

we have separate neural pathways for each of those senses. This seemingly contradictory

 
  findings – interaction between or integration of different sensory experiences despite disti-  
  nct processing routes for individual senses –is one of the most important questions in recent  
  perception research.  
     
   
     
  @ VCN ,  
 

We have been studying multisensory perception with both psychophysical and neuroscient-

 
  ific methods. In particular, we have been exploring interactions between multiple sensory  
  processes, one of which is not physically evoked but implied or induced. Published works  
  include,  
     
 
  • Sung, Y. S., Choi, M., Kim, H., Lee, Y., & Kim, C-Y. (2011) Beyond visual experience; Brain activity reflecting implied sense in product designs. Japanese Psychological Research, 53(4), 349-360.
  • Thornton-Wells, T. A., Cannistraci, C. J., Anderson, A. W., Kim, C-Y., Eapen, M., Gore, J. C., Blake, R., & Dykens, E. M. (2010) Auditory attraction: Activation of visual cortex by music and sound in Williams syndrome. American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 115(2), 172-189.
 
     
  @ VCN ,  
 

Exciting new studies on multisensory perception are on-going. Topics include,

 
     
 
  • Music rivalry (binocular rivalry with musical score as a rival target accompanied by auditory presentation of melody)
  • Biological motion flanker task interacting with sound of temporal coincidence
 
     
  Our research on synesthesia has been supported by NRF research grants including  
     
 
  • "Harmony of the Senses: Generalization, Extension, and Application of Multisensory Interaction Studies (Years 2016-2019, NRF-2016R1A2B4011267)"
  • “Coexistence of the senses – multisensory integration, synesthesia, and its neural concomitants (Years 2013-2016, NRF-2013R1A1A1010923)"
  • “Union of the Senses and underlying neural mechanisms (Years 2009-2011, KRF-2009-332-H00011)”