Brief Communications

Nature 408, 788 (14 December 2000) | doi:10.1038/35048669

Illusions: What you see is what you hear

Ladan Shams1, Yukiyasu Kamitani1 & Shinsuke Shimojo1,2

Vision is believed to dominate our multisensory perception of the world. Here we overturn this established view by showing that auditory information can qualitatively alter the perception of an unambiguous visual stimulus to create a striking visual illusion. Our findings indicate that visual perception can be manipulated by other sensory modalities.

  1. California Institute of Technology, Division of Biology, MC 139-74, Pasadena, California 91125, USA
  2. NTT Communication Science Laboratories, Human and Information Science Laboratory, Atsugi, Kanagawa 243-0198, Japan

Correspondence to: Ladan Shams1 e-mail: Email: ladan@caltech.edu