Shoko Kanaya


The Whitney Laboratory

Department of Psychology

University of California, Berkeley


3210 Tolman Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720


Research Interest

I am interested in the way multiple sensory modalities such as vision, hearing, and touch interact to create a coherent and rich perceptual world. Previous research topics that I have also contributed to include: cross-modal interaction in position perception (such as the ventriloquism effect and the rubber hand illusion), comparing temporal sensitivity between vision and hearing, cross-modal material perception of wood, as well as neural representations of cross-modal correspondence. Some of these works are still ongoing and, currently, I am investigating how cross-modal processing operates during ensemble coding and/or serial dependence.

Brief Bio

After receiving my PhD from the University of Tokyo in 2014, I worked at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan as a postdoctoral researcher. Since 2015, I have been a JSPS postdoctoral fellow affiliated with Kyoto University. I joined the Whitney Lab in May 2016.


Kanaya, S., Kariya, K., & Fujisaki, W. (2016). Cross-modal correspondence between vision, audition, and touch in natural objects: an investigation of the perceptual properties of wood Perception. (2016), 45(10):1099-1114. cross
Kanaya, S., Fujisaki, W., Nishida, S., Furukawa, S., & Yokosawa, K. (2015). Effects of frequency separation and diotic/dichotic presentations on the alternation frequency limits in audition derived from a temporal phase discrimination task. Perception. (2015), (44): 198-214. aud
Kanaya, S., Matsushima, Y., & Yokosawa, K. (2012). Does seeing ice really feel cold? Visual-thermal interaction under an illusory body-ownership. PLoS ONE. (2012), 7(11): 347293. cross
Kanaya, S. & Yokosawa, K. (2011). Perceptual congruency of audio-visual speech affects ventriloquism with bilateral visual stimuli. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. (2011), 18(1): 123-128. cross
Asano, M., Kanaya S., & Yokosawa, K. (2008). Proofreaders show a generalized ability to allocation spatial attention to detect changes. Psychologia. (2008), 51: 126-141. attention