Ten years at the Multisensory Forum: musings on the evolution of a field.

Program in Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, The City College of the City University of New York, 138th St. & Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031, USA.
Brain Topography (Impact Factor: 3.67). 06/2009; 21(3-4):149-54. DOI: 10.1007/s10548-009-0102-9
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ABSTRACT Research on all things multisensory has literally exploded since the inception of the International Multisensory Research Forum (IMRF) conference at Oxford in 1999. Here we find ourselves at the 10th annual meeting, for the second time in New York, with a wealth of data from which we will work to gain insights into the mechanisms by which the brain deals with and benefits from multisensory inputs. We have taken this opportunity for some musings on what the last 10 years have taught us, and where we think the field may be heading in the years to come. Our ramblings will be necessarily biased and incomplete and for this we apologize in advance. We also take the opportunity to highlight some of the clinical translational work that is now being done in the field, and to emphasize the importance and potency of translating findings from the basic research domain to diagnostic and clinical applications.

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