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Early experience determines how the senses will interact. Journal of neurophysiology, Vol. 97, No. 1. (January 2007), pp. 921-926, doi:10.1152/jn.00497.2006 by Mark T. Wallace, Barry E. Stein
    abstract = {
                Multisensory integration refers to the process by which the brain synthesizes information from different senses to enhance sensitivity to external events. In the present experiments, animals were reared in an altered sensory environment in which visual and auditory stimuli were temporally coupled but originated from different locations. Neurons in the superior colliculus developed a seemingly anomalous form of multisensory integration in which spatially disparate visual-auditory stimuli were integrated in the same way that neurons in normally reared animals integrated visual-auditory stimuli from the same location. The data suggest that the principles governing multisensory integration are highly plastic and that there is no a priori spatial relationship between stimuli from different senses that is required for their integration. Rather, these principles appear to be established early in life based on the specific features of an animal's environment to best adapt it to deal with that environment later in life.
    author = {Wallace, Mark T. and Stein, Barry E.},
    doi = {10.1152/jn.00497.2006},
    issn = {0022-3077},
    journal = {Journal of neurophysiology},
    keywords = {auditory, biology, cue-combination, development, learning, visual},
    month = jan,
    number = {1},
    pages = {921--926},
    pmid = {16914616},
    posted-at = {2012-10-02 11:55:04},
    priority = {2},
    title = {Early experience determines how the senses will interact.},
    url = {},
    volume = {97},
    year = {2007}

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Cats, if raised in an environment in which the spatio-temporal relationship of audio-visual stimuli is artificially different from natural conditions, develop spatio-temporal integration of audio-visual stimuli accordingly. Their SC neurons develop preference to audio-visual stimuli with the kind of spatio-temporal relationship encountered in the environment in which they were raised.