About the book
Sensory processing plays an integral role in the interaction and adaptation by which an individual navigates through a stimulus-loaded environment. Although intensive research of sensory processing has accumulated a large body of knowledge over the years, the key issues such as where, when and how the human neural system processes, integrates and influences environmental information to produce personal experiences and images of reality, are still open. As neurocognitive theories of sensory processing rapidly change and develop with novel research findings, there is a great potential to consider the current extent to which these findings can help in understanding the complex interfering of surround stimuli with an individual’s processing of elicited cognitive responses.
The book Integration and Representation of Sensory Processes aims to disseminate the latest research breakthroughs in the field of basic and clinical neurophysiology of sensory processing and multisensory integration. The book intends to introduce novel models of sensory processing and explore functional and effective connectivity between brain areas underlying sensory responses and the multimodal integration with possible clinical implications of these findings in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders. The methods presented to assess human neural systems involved in sensory processing and the generations of perception cover a range of functional neuroimaging approaches including electroencephalography (EEG), magnetoencephalography (MEG), positron emission tomography (PET) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). These techniques have created the opportunity to explore the relationship between stimulus properties, stimulus representation in the brain, and their connection with perceptual attributes more directly. Finally, applications of neurophysiological sensory processing results will be discussed, including the state-of-the-art development of brain-machine interfaces.