ISBN-10:
0393339378
ISBN-13:
9780393339376
Pub. Date:
03/21/2011
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
See What I'm Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses

See What I'm Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses

by Lawrence D. Rosenblum
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"Eye-opening…memorable…Rosenblum's enthusiasm is contagious and his prose accessible." —Kirkus Reviews

In this revealing romp through the mysteries of human perception, University of California psychologist Lawrence D. Rosenblum explores the astonishing abilities of the five senses—skills of which most of us are unaware. Drawing on groundbreaking insights into the brain's plasticity and integrative powers, Rosenblum examines how our brains use the subtlest information to perceive the world. A blind person, for example, can "see" through bat-like echolocation, wine connoisseurs can actually taste the vintage of an obscure wine, and pheromones can signal a lover's compatibility. Bringing us into the world of a blind detective, a sound engineer, a former supermodel, and other unforgettable characters, Rosenblum not only illuminates the science behind our sensory abilities but also demonstrates how awareness of these abilities can enhance their power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393339376
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/21/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Lawrence D. Rosenblum, an award-winning Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside, is the recipient of multiple National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health grants for his research on lipreading and multimodal integration and a grant from the National Federation of the Blind for his research on the audibility of hybrid cars. Rosenblum’s work has been featured in The Economist, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and on National Public Radio. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv

Part I Hearing

Chapter 1 The Sounds of Silence 3

Chapter 2 Perfect Pitches, Beeping Pitches 29

Part II Smelling

Chapter 3 You Smell like a Dog 59

Chapter 4 Like Marvin Gaye for Your Nose 79

Part III Tasting

Chapter 5 Cold Leftovers with a Fine North Dakota Cabernet 101

Part IV Touching

Chapter 6 Rubber Hands and Rubber Brains 127

Chapter 7 Touching Speech and Feeling Rainbows 151

Part V Seeing

Chapter 8 Facing the Uncanny Valley 175

Chapter 9 The Highest Form of Flattery 203

Part VI Multisensory Perception

Chapter 10 See What I'm Saying 239

Chapter 11 All of the Above 267

Epilogue 295

Notes 297

Photograph Credits 331

Index 333

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See What I'm Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book for anyone interested in the 5 senses. Great detail and interesting facts. Even has experiments you can try at home. Loved the book!