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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2018, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (12): 2129-2140.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2018.02129

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The interaction between exogenous attention and multisensory integration

PENG Xing1, CHANG Ruosong1,2, REN Guiqin1(), WANG Aijun3, TANG Xiaoyu1,2()   

  1. 1. School of Psychology, Liaoning Normal University
    2. Liaoning Collaborative Innovation Center of Children and Adolescents Healthy Personality Assessment and Cultivation, Dalian 116029, China
    3. Department of Psychology, Research Center for Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, China
  • Received:2017-10-26 Online:2018-12-15 Published:2018-10-30
  • Contact: Guiqin REN,Xiaoyu TANG;


The interaction between exogenous attention and multisensory integration is a complex and controversial topic, which has been debated for a long time. In order to explain the interaction mechanism between them, here we summarized two parts based on previous researches. First, exogenous attention can modulate multisensory integration in a bottom-up manner, including three hypotheses as spatial uncertainty, sensory sensitivity and the differences in unimodal signal strength. Second, multisensory integration can also modulate exogenous attention. On one hand, stimuli from multiple sense modalities can be automatically integrated in a bottom-up manner. The integrated multisensory events can capture attention more efficiently compared to unimodal events, even under quite complex circumstances. On the other hand, integrated multisensory events exert top-down control on attentional capture via multisensory signal templates that are stored in the brain.

Key words: multisensory integration, exogenous attention, top-down, bottom-up, endogenous attention

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