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Brain Sci., Volume 8, Issue 5 (May 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The brain integrates input across modalities to perceive the world around us. Sometimes, the actual [...] Read more. The brain integrates input across modalities to perceive the world around us. Sometimes, the actual signal becomes transformed in the process. For instance, when people hear “ba,” but see the mouth pronounce “ga,” the brain interprets it as “da”—a phenomenon known as the McGurk effect. Here, we report the discovery that the McGurk effect is more likely to be experienced by people who speak more than one language. Learning and using multiple languages can alter how individuals bind and perceive auditory and visual information. This demonstrates that our experiences can shape even basic sensory processes. View the paper here.