The Network for Sensory Research

The Network for Sensory Research is an international philosophy-led group of institutions conducting interdisciplinary research on perception. Our aim is to build a theoretical model of the senses that matches the complexity of sensory phenomena, as revealed by recent scientific work. We are particularly interested in multimodal integration and the challenges it poses to traditional models of sensory knowledge. Our goal is to establish new theoretical frameworks for understanding how the brain and the organism process and integrate information from the different senses, and how this results in phenomenally rich experience, thought, and perceptually-guided action.

The network links five major interdisciplinary research centres in philosophy of perception: the Network Centre for Sensory Research at the University of Toronto, Mississauga (NetCenSR); the Centre for the Study of the Senses (CenSes) at the Institute of Philosophy in the University of London; the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience (CSPE) at the University of Glasgow; the Department of Philosophy and the Mind, Brain, and Behavior program (MBB) at Harvard University; the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Principal Investigator of the Network is Mohan Matthen, Canada Research Chair in the Philosophy of Perception at the University of Toronto. The co-investigators are Alex Byrne (MIT), Fiona Macpherson (Glasgow), Susanna Siegel (Harvard), and Barry Smith (London).

The Network’s activities are detailed on its website, with news about events and summary reports here.