Models and processes of multisensory cue combination

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2014 Apr;25:38-46. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2013.11.008. Epub 2013 Dec 17.


Fundamental to our perception of a unified and stable environment is the capacity to combine information across the senses. Although this process appears seamless as an adult, the brain's ability to successfully perform multisensory cue combination takes years to develop and relies on a number of complex processes including cue integration, cue calibration, causal inference, and reference frame transformations. Further complexities exist because multisensory cue combination is implemented across time by populations of noisy neurons. In this review, we discuss recent behavioral studies exploring how the brain combines information from different sensory systems, neurophysiological studies relating behavior to neuronal activity, and a theory of neural sensory encoding that can account for many of these experimental findings.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Cues*
  • Humans
  • Models, Neurological*
  • Neurons / physiology*
  • Sensation / physiology*