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Michael Kubovy and Michael Schutz (2010)

Audio-visual objects

Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 1:41-61.

In this paper we offer a theory of cross-modal objects. To begin, we discuss two kinds of linkages between vision and audition. The first is a duality. The the visual system detects and identifies surfaces; the auditory system detects and identifies sources. Surfaces are illuminated by sources of light; sound is reflected off surfaces. However, the visual system discounts sources and the auditory system discounts surfaces. 

visual, auditory