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Touching Sounds: Thalamocortical Plasticity And The Neural Basis Of Multisensory Integration

Marcus J. Naumer, Jasper J. F. van den Bosch

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To date, noninvasive neuroimaging research on multisensory perception has focused on cortical activations. In a series of elegant functional magnetic resonance imaging experiments, Beauchamp and Ro recently investigated altered cortical activations associated with acquired sound–touch synesthesia resulting from a thalamic lesion. Their findings highlight the important role of intact thalamocortical projections for preventing illusory crossmodal perception and for underlying reliable multisensory integration.