Cross-sensory transfer of sensory-motor information: Visuomotor learning affects performance on an audiomotor task, using sensory-substitution

Shelly Levy-Tzedek, Itai Novick, Roni Arbel, Sami Abboud, Shachar Maidenbaum, Eilon Vaadia, Amir Amedi

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Abstract

Visual-to-auditory sensory-substitution devices allow users to perceive a visual image using sound. Using a motor-learning task, we found that new sensory-motor information was generalized across sensory modalities. We imposed a rotation when participants reached to visual targets, and found that not only seeing, but also hearing the location of targets via a sensory-substitution device resulted in biased movements. When the rotation was removed, aftereffects occurred whether the location of targets was seen or heard. Our findings demonstrate that sensory-motor learning was not sensory-modality-specific. We conclude that novel sensory-motor information can be transferred between sensory modalities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number949
JournalScientific Reports
Volume2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes

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