This title appears in the Scientific Report : 2014 

Multisensory integration mechanisms during aging
Freiherr, Jessica (Corresponding Author)
Lundström, Johan N. / Habel, Ute / Reetz, Kathrin
Physik der Medizinischen Bildgebung; INM-4
Frontiers in human neuroscience, 7 (2013) S. 863
Lausanne Frontiers Research Foundation 2013
Journal Article
Imaging the Living Brain
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The rapid demographical shift occurring in our society implies that understanding of healthy aging and age-related diseases is one of our major future challenges. Sensory impairments have an enormous impact on our lives and are closely linked to cognitive functioning. Due to the inherent complexity of sensory perceptions, we are commonly presented with a complex multisensory stimulation and the brain integrates the information from the individual sensory channels into a unique and holistic percept. The cerebral processes involved are essential for our perception of sensory stimuli and becomes especially important during the perception of emotional content. Despite ongoing deterioration of the individual sensory systems during aging, there is evidence for an increase in, or maintenance of, multisensory integration processing in aging individuals. Within this comprehensive literature review on multisensory integration we aim to highlight basic mechanisms and potential compensatory strategies the human brain utilizes to help maintain multisensory integration capabilities during healthy aging to facilitate a broader understanding of age-related pathological conditions. Further our goal was to identify where further research is needed