Multisensory Integration

last updated: 17th June, 2017

We are investigating the impact of multisensory integration on driving performance in a driving simulator. Many of the studies that explore integration of audio, visual, or vestibular cues, are derived from stimulus detection and stimulus discrimination tasks that are simple and controlled. Therefore, it is not clear how multisensory integration occurs in more dynamic and realistic tasks. While visual inputs are the most important cues for drivers, it has been shown that auditory and vestibular cues have an important role in self-motion perception–they are highly capable of augmenting the experience of vection. Our study attempts to fill this knowledge gap by measuring contribution of different combinations of sensory cues on driving performance.


For older drivers, continued safe driving is important in maintaining independence. One of the necessities for safe driving is to have an accurate perception of self-motion based on information from all sensory systems. Research shows that multisensory integration may change with age. Our goal is to determine if these changes are influential in driving.

 

 

To get involved in this study as a participant, please email Maryam Pandi (pandim@mcmaster.ca).

To get involved as an undergraduate or graduate student, please click here.