Multisensory information in the control of complex motor actions

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For many of the complex motor actions we perform, perceptual information is available from several different senses including vision, touch, hearing, and the vestibular system. Here I discuss the use of multisensory information for the control of motor action in three particular domains: aviation, sports, and driving. It is shown that performers in these domains use information from multiple senses - frequently with beneficial effects on performance but sometimes with dangerous consequences. Applied psychologists have taken advantage of our natural tendency to integrate sensory information by designing multimodal displays that compensate for situations in which information from one or more of our senses is unreliable or is unattended due to distraction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-248
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2008


  • Action
  • Audition
  • Perception
  • Sensory integration
  • Touch
  • Vision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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