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Bernhard Hommel
Department of Psychology
Leiden University, The Netherlands

Binding feature and functions.

The distributed organization of the human brain calls for mechanisms that integrate and bind the features of perceived and to-be-produced events (action plans). I will discuss how feature binding can be empirically studied (e.g., in the integration of visual features or in sensorimotor binding) and what the available findings tell us about what gets integrated with what, which functional and neuromodulatory systems might be involved, how binding and learning are related, and how binding might be achieved at the neural level. I will also discuss mechanisms of top-down control of feature binding and of the neurophysiological integration of (i.e., the communication between) processing modules. The overview shows that the integration of event features and of cognitive functions is a central and promising research topic that nicely connects to numerous important issues in the cognitive neurosciences.