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date: 18 November 2018

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This chapter provides an overview of some of the main issues raised by the multisensory nature of perception. Various aspects of the multisensory nature of perception are distinguished from each other with reference to the literature on cross-modal transfer and Molyneux’s question, perceptual plasticity, and multisensory integration. The chapter also provides an overview of psychological models of multisensory integration, with a focus on Bayesian approaches. The final section of the chapter considers the philosophical implications of the multisensory nature of perception, with particular emphasis placed on debates relating to the modularity of perception, the nature of perceptual content, and discussions of the unity of consciousness.

Keywords: multisensory perception, modularity, perceptual content, Molyneux’s question, cross-modal transfer, cross-modal interaction, Bayesian accounts of perception, unity of consciousness

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