Project: Investigating spatial integration across sensory modalities and language
A tourist looking for a specific location in a foreign city may use visuo-spatial information from a map and linguistic spatial information communicated from a local person to reach his/her destination. A wide body of studies have investigated the integration of spatial information encoded through different sensory modalities (e.g., vision, haptics) and from amodal inputs (i.e., language). A critical question is whether integration is a generalized process that applies to all combinations of information inputs or whether distinct integration mechanisms that differ in efficiency exist across different modality-specific combinations.
The 3-year MULTISPACE project, led by Dr. Stephanie Pantelides in collaboration with Prof. Marios Avraamides of the Experimental Psychology Lab, investigates how people integrate into a single representation spatial information that is acquired at different points in time and from different sensory modalities using behavioral and neuroimaging measures. Overall, the project will contribute to our understanding of how spatial reasoning, about information derived from different sources, takes place in the brain. The project started in November 2018 and will run until October 2021.
The Center for Applied Neuroscience, University of Cyprus is the host of the project. The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research and Innovation Foundation under the Didaktor call. The Consortium of the project consists of the Utrecht University (the Netherlands) and Silvesky3D VRT Ltd.