ISBN: 9780262319270 | 424 pp. | October 2014

Sensory Integration and the Unity of Consciousness


In this volume, cognitive scientists and philosophers examine two closely related aspects of mind and mental functioning: the relationships among the various senses and the links that connect different conscious experiences to form unified wholes. The contributors address a range of questions concerning how information from one sense influences the processing of information from the other senses and how unified states of consciousness emerge from the bonds that tie conscious experiences together. Sensory Integration and the Unity of Consciousness is the first book to address both of these topics, integrating scientific and philosophical concerns.

A flood of recent work in both philosophy and perception science has challenged traditional conceptions of the sensory systems as operating in isolation. Contributors to the volume consider the ways in which perceptual contact with the world is or may be “multisensory,” discussing such subjects as the modeling of multisensory integration and philosophical aspects of sensory modalities. Recent years have seen a similar surge of interest in unity of consciousness. Contributors explore a range of questions on this topic, including the nature of that unity, the degree to which conscious experiences are unified, and the relationship between unified consciousness and the self.

Tim Bayne, David J. Bennett, Berit Brogaard, Barry Dainton, Ophelia Deroy, Frederique de Vignemont, Marc Ernst, Richard Held, Christopher S. Hill, Geoffrey Lee, Kristan Marlow, Farid Masrour, Jennifer Matey, Casey O'Callaghan, Cesare V. Parise, Kevin Rice, Elizabeth Schechter, Pawan Sinha, Julia Trommershaeuser, Loes C. J. van Dam, Jonathan Vogel, James Van Cleve, Robert Van Gulick, Jonas Wulff

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. I. Mainly on Sensory Integration
  3. 1. Bayesian Modeling of Perceiving: A Guide to Basic Principles

    David J. Bennett, Julia Trommershäuser, and Loes C.J. van Dam

  4. 2. The Multisensory Nature of Perceptual Consciousness

    Tim Bayne

  5. 3. The Long-Term Potentiation Model for Grapheme-Color Binding in Synesthesia

    Berit Brogaard, Kristian Marlow, and Kevin Rice

  6. 4. Intermodal Binding Awareness

    Casey O'Callaghan

  7. 5. The Unity Assumption and the Many Unities of Consciousness

    Ophelia Deroy

  8. 6. Multimodal Unity and Multimodal Binding

    Frédérique de Vignemont

  9. 7. Can Blue Mean Four?

    Jennifer Matey

  10. 8. Establishing Cross-Modal Mappings: Empirical and Computational Investigations

    Pawan Sinha, Jonas Wulff, and Richard Held

  11. 9. Berkeley, Reid, and Sinha on Molyneux's Question

    James Van Cleve

  12. 10. Modeling Multisensory Integration

    Loes C.J. van Dam, Cesare V. Parise, and Marc O. Ernst

  13. II. Primarily on the Unity of Consciousness
  14. 11. A Unity Pluralist Account of the Unity of Experience

    David J. Bennett and Christopher S. Hill

  15. 12. Unity, Synchrony, and Subjects

    Barry Dainton

  16. 13. Experiences and Their Parts

    Geoffrey Lee

  17. 14. Unity of Consciousness: Advertisement for a Leibnizian View

    Farid Masrour

  18. 15. Partial Unity of Consciousness: A Preliminary Defense

    Elizabeth Schechter

  19. 16. E pluribus unum: Rethinking the Unity of Consciousness

    Robert Van Gulick

  20. 17. Counting Minds and Mental States

    Jonathan Vogel

  21. Contributors
  22. Index