Individual differences in multisensory processing
Mary Spiller's research investigates how individual differences in multisensory perception (e.g. synaesthesia) might be related to other cognitive or visual-spatial abilities (e.g. mental imagery). For example, we have found that individuals with synaesthesia (synaesthetes) report more vivid mental imagery than non-synaesthetes. Importantly, we were the first to explore this in relation to modalities other than just visual imagery, finding that synaesthetes also report more vivid auditory, smell, touch and taste imagery. Furthermore, we have shown that sequence-spatial synaesthetes (who experience sequences such as time in a spatial sequence) perform better than non-synaesthetes on mental rotation tests.
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