Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Continuing Commentary
Commentary on T. A. Stoffregen & B. G. Bardy (2001). On specification and the senses. BBS 24(2):195–261.

On ventriloquism, audiovisual neurons, neonates, and the senses

Monique Radeau a1 and Cécile Colin a1
a1 National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS); Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium


The analogy between the rules that subtend ventriloquism and bimodal neurons responding suggests a possible neural mechanism for audiovisual interactions in spatial scene analysis. Perinatal data, such as those on synesthesia, sensory deprivation, and sensory surstimulation, as well as neuroanatomical evidence for transitory intersensory connections in the brain support the view that audition and vision are bound together at birth.