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Shin Shimojo


Gertrude Baltimore Professor of Experimental Psychology

Shin Shimojo's group exclusively concentrates on study of perception, cognition, and action in humans in an effort to understand how the brain adapts real-world constraints to resolve perceptual ambiguity and to reach ecologically valid, unique solutions. For example, Shimojo and collaborators recently discovered that intrinsic neural connections—called crossmodal mappings—can be used by assistive devices to help the blind detect their environment without requiring intense concentration or hundreds of hours of training. This new multisensory perspective on such aids (called sensory substitution devices) could make tasks that were previously attention-consuming much easier, allowing nonsighted people to acquire a new sensory functionality similar to vision.