Department of Psychology

Development of multisensory integration in sighted and non-/partially-sighted individuals

Mon Nov 07 17:15:00 GMT 2016

In this study we will investigate how normally sighted and blind/visually impaired individuals use hearing and touch to precisely estimate object size. We will investigate this process in adults and look at its development in children. We want to find out what role vision plays in this process.

What does the research study involve?

Our study is looking at how well you combine hearing and touch when estimating object size. We would ask you to attend one or two experimental sessions. In the first session, you will play a ball size discrimination game with us. Here, you will be blindfolded and can only touch or hear the ball in order to estimate its size. The second session will use the same ball size discrimination game, but this time we will record your neural activity with an electroencephalogram (EEG). EEGs are non-invasive and don’t hurt. They externally record your brains electrical activity and will tell us how your brain perceives the world.

How long will it take?

The first session of the study will take between 60 and 75 mins. The second session will take slightly longer as we will ask you to wear an EEG cap, which has to be individually adjusted.

When and where will the research take place?

  • This research will take place between October 2016 and April 2018
  • It will be held in a laboratory in 10W (please ask for further information) at University of Bath or in the Wolfson Centre at University College London

Who can take part?

  • Adults between 18 and 70years as well as children between 7 and 14years.
  • Normally sighted or visually impaired/blind, with otherwise typical development
  • Fluent in English

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

All information and data provided will remain strictly confidential and all reports will be anonymised. This research project has been approved by the Department of Psychology Research Ethics Committee (15-211).

Why should you take part?

  • You will help to contribute towards important research that will help developing technologies for visually impaired/blind individuals.
  • The data collected in this project will help answering questions about fundamental perceptual processes.
  •  For participation, you will be given £6 per hour, or 2 credits for Quantitative Research Methods Research participation scheme.
  • There are no negative side effects of taking part.

Who can I contact for further information?

If you would like to take part in the study please contact Meike Scheller by email at M.Scheller@bath.ac.uk