Conclusions

The observations detailed previously suggest that at least some of the fundamental principles of multi-sensory integration are generalized across species and brain structures. Undoubtedly, specialized multisen-sory properties will be found that are best adapted to the specialized needs of different species and different brain regions, and this is one of the challenges of future research. Nevertheless, it is likely that such specialized properties will prove to be overlaid on a fundamental core of principles that have common evolutionary origin and widespread utility. Despite a remarkable degree of diversity among species and their ecological circumstances, the presence of striking commonalities in individual sensory systems argues for similar commonalities in the principles that interlink them. From the perspective of the individual, a constancy in the fundamental principles of multisensory integration at different levels of the neuraxis ensures that the salience of a given event is approximately equivalent in the many different areas ofthe brain that contribute to the same behavior.

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