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Rethinking the Senses Spring School 2017

An Interdisciplinary Spring School

3rd – 8th April 2017, IUC, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Organized by Matthew Nudds (Warwick), Hong Yu Wong (Tübingen) and Alisa Mandrigin (Warwick), with the support of the AHRC Science in Culture Rethinking the Senses project.

The Spring School will take place at the Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik, Croatia from 3rd-8th April 2017.


Our everyday understanding of perception is that we see, touch, smell, taste, and hear. Until recently, philosophers and scientists alike have accepted this framework and studied each of the senses in isolation. Psychology and cognitive neuroscience challenge this understanding of sensory perception by indicating that multisensory interactions are the rule rather than the exception.

The Spring School will review the latest research on multisensory perception carried out in philosophy, psychology and neuroscience, focusing on the following central themes:

  • Modes and mechanisms of multisensory interaction
  • Object perception in & across the senses
  • Attention, consciousness and top-down processes in multisensory perception
  • Development of multisensory capabilities
  • The hidden senses

In order to deliver the state-of-the-art research in these fields, we have invited leading researchers from the fields of experimental and developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience and philosophy to present their current research on these topics.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Colin Blakemore (School of Advanced Study, University of London)
  • Andy Bremner (Goldsmiths)
  • Ophelia Deroy (Centre for the Study of the Senses, University of London)
  • Matthew Longo (Birkbeck)
  • Christophe Lopez (CNRS, Marseille)
  • Fiona Macpherson (Glasgow)
  • Matthew Nudds (Warwick)
  • Brigitte Röder (Hamburg)
  • Barry C. Smith (School of Advanced Study, University of London)
  • Salvador Soto-Faraco (Pompeu-Fabra)
  • Charles Spence (Oxford)
  • Hong Yu Wong (Tübingen)
  • Wayne Wu (Carnegie Mellon)
  • Sharon Zmigrod (Leiden)

During the spring school participants will be expected to present some of their own research on the topic of perception, the senses or cross-modal interactions. We anticipate that these will be poster presentations, although speakers will also have the opportunity to 'introduce' their poster to the group. In addition, there will be a small amount of group work during the spring school, the outcomes of which will be presented to the group at the end of the meeting.

Further Information

We expect to accept a maximum of 40 students to the spring school.

Your application will be evaluated by members of the organizing committee according to (a) how your research interests relate to the theme of the spring school as evidenced by the topics of your research, any relevant publications and past presentations, (b) the quality of the proposed abstract, and (c) the demonstration of interdisciplinary skills and interests.

The costs associated with accommodation at the IUC for 5 nights (check-in Monday 3rd April, check-out Saturday 8th April), lunch for all days (Monday to Friday) and dinner for three nights for all accepted students to the spring school will be covered by the Organisers.

Accommodation will either be in single rooms or twin rooms occupied by two same-gender students.

Accepted applicants are requested to pay a registration fee to cover part of the School’s organizational costs. The fee will depend on the accommodation offered to the applicant. The registration fee will be £265 for applicants in single rooms, and £245 for applicants in shared twin rooms.

The Organisers will not cover ANY travel expenses. Students should make their own travel arrangements.

Applications to participate are now closed.

Please address any enquiries to Alisa Mandrigin.