Seeing what you hear: Cross-modal illusions and perception

Philosophical Issues 18 (1):316-338 (2008)
Cross-modal perceptual illusions occur when a stimulus to one modality impacts perceptual experience associated with another modality. Unlike synaesthesia, cross-modal illusions are intelligible as results of perceptual strategies for dealing with sensory stimulation to multiple modalities, rather than as mere quirks. I argue that understanding cross-modal illusions reveals an important flaw in a widespread conception of the senses, and of their role in perceptual experience, according to which understanding perception and perceptual experience is a matter of assembling independently viable stories about vision, audition, olfaction, and the rest.
Keywords cross-modal perception  cross-modal illusion  perceptual content
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DOI 10.1111/j.1533-6077.2008.00150.x
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