All posts filed under: CenSes

#PotW: Multisensory emotion processing in the adult and infant brain

When: Thursday 9 February 2017, 5 – 7pm Who: Institute of Philosophy, Centre for the Study of the Senses (CenSes) Where: Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU Speaker: Sarah Jessen, University of Lübeck Humans very successfully recognize others’ emotions. It is the combination of a variety of information channels – including facial, bodily, and vocal […]

#PotW: CenSes Seminar | Is metacognition supramodal?

When: Thursday 29 September 2016, 5pm – 7pm Who: Institute of Philosophy Where: Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU Speaker: Nathan Faivre (Paris) Metacognition is the capacity to introspect on one’s own mental states. Because metacognition is mostly characterized through confidence reports in visual tsaks, some of its core properties remain debated, including […]

Grubs up: the taste of insects can do the talking

Dr Ophelia Deroy, associate director of the Institute of Philosophy and researcher at the Centre for the Study of the Senses, talks about her research around people’s reluctance to eat insects, which she has been working on in association with food visionary, Ben Reade and Charles Spence, Oxford University’s professor of experimental psychologist. What made you […]

What does your sense of smell mean to you?

  The best public engagement is underpinned by world-class research. In March, the Institute of Philosophy’s Centre for the Study of the Senses held a launch event for the national charity Fifth Sense that brought together leading researchers, clinicians, campaigners and loss-of-smell sufferers to raise awareness of the effect on people’s quality of life if they lose their sense of smell. What we know as ‘taste’ […]

PoTW – CenSes Seminar: See what you hear: The neural basis of audiovisual integration – 23/01/14

Integrating information across the senses is critical for effective interactions with the environment. Over the past decade, evidence has accumulated that multisensory integration is not deferred to later processing in association cortices but starts already in primary, putatively unisensory, areas. Given this multitude of multisensory integration sites, characterizing their functional similarities and differences is of […]

The SAS Annual Review – Heston Blumenthal explores our senses

Next month the School of Advanced Study will award Heston Blumenthal the degree of Doctor of Science honoris causa, in recognition of his pioneering research and achievements.  For this year’s Annual Review (published next week) we talked to the innovative chef about his multi-sensory approach to cooking. Heston Blumenthal is well known for his television appearances, cookbooks, and […]

#PoTW – CenSes Workshop: The Artful Brain

From Ghiberti’s development of perspective to Gombrich’s work on illusions in art, the science of perception and the arts have long been interconnected. Recent developments in neuroscience, and the emergence of ‘neuroaesthetics’ (or experimental aesthetics), are contributing new insights into our appreciation of works of art, and our aesthetic preferences. But they also raise fundamental […]