PhD Student, Faculty of Science
I completed a BSc in Psychology at the University of Surrey in 2008. I then worked as a Psychology Technician for the University of Winchester (2009-2012) and then as a Demonstrator in Psychology at Bournemouth University (2012-2016).
I currently demonstrate on the C81MPR module.
We are frequently exposed to a variety of discrepant multisensory signals in the natural environment. For example, light can arrive at the eyes before sound arrives at the ears (e.g. fireworks… read more
We are frequently exposed to a variety of discrepant multisensory signals in the natural environment. For example, light can arrive at the eyes before sound arrives at the ears (e.g. fireworks display). When a multisensory stimulus fails to reach an observer as spatially or temporally congruent signal, the brain adjusts ('adapts') to this new configuration. This can happen on a short timescale due to changes in an environment (e.g. day-night cycle) or over far longer timescales (e.g. the development and decline of sensory organs over a lifespan).
The brain can remember or forget new recalibrations depending on the timescale of exposure to the discrepant signal. Yet we do not understand the neural or behavioural mechanisms underpinning the timescales of multisensory recalibration. This is, in part, due to previous studies being confined to laboratory environments, using relatively brief period of adaptation and artificial stimuli.
Recent advances in wearable, portable display technology provide the opportunity to overcome some of these previous challenges. Using a new 'altered reality' head mounted display system that allows real-time manipulation of a live audio-visual feed, I aim to investigate the nature and number of multisensory recalibration mechanisms operating over a wide range of timescales.
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