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Multisensory temporal processing in own-body contexts: do bodily-self cues affect visual-tactile temporal perception?

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posted on 2022-03-28, 21:42 authored by Robert A. Keys
In this thesis, I investigated interactions between own-body contexts and visual tactile temporal processing. Previous findings show that bodily-self cues, indicating that seen body parts are plausibly part of one’s own body, alter the perception of visual-proprioceptive synchrony perception. An interpretation of these findings predicts that other common multisensory combinations associated with own-body contexts, such as visual-tactile events, would be similarly affected by bodily-self cues. In two experiments, I measured the difference in detection of visual-tactile asynchrony between plausible and implausible bodily-self cues. I found no difference in precision of visual-tactile asynchrony detection between plausible and implausible bodily-self contexts in either experiment. In contrast, Bayesian analyses of the current findings provide compelling evidence that bodily-self cues do not increase the precision of visual-tactile asynchrony detection. Rather, these findings suggest that visual-proprioceptive synchrony perception in own-body contexts is a special case of dynamic multisensory processing. The current findings have implications for the direction of future research into own-body perception, and a better understanding of the cognitive processes that underlie multisensory perception in own-body contexts.


Table of Contents

1. Introduction -- 2. Experiment 1 - Visual bodily-self cues and visual-tactile asynchrony detection -- 3. Experiment 2 - Multisensory bodily-self cues and visual-tactile asynchrony detection -- 4. General discussion -- References -- Appendices.


At foot of title: Perception in Action Research Centre, Department of Cognitive Science, Faculty of Human Sciences, & ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, Macquarie University. Bibliography: pages 61-68 Empirical thesis.

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Cognitive Science

Department, Centre or School

Department of Cognitive Science

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Regine Zopf

Additional Supervisor 1

Anina Rich


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