See What I'm Saying

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  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2011-03-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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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.

Author Biography

Lawrence D. Rosenblum is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside. He is the recipient of numerous National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health grants and has published many articles on perceptual psychology.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
The Sounds of Silencep. 3
Perfect Pitches, Beeping Pitchesp. 29
You Smell like a Dogp. 59
Like Marvin Gaye for Your Nosep. 79
Cold Leftovers with a Fine North Dakota Cabernetp. 101
Rubber Hands and Rubber Brainsp. 127
Touching Speech and Feeling Rainbowsp. 151
Facing the Uncanny Valleyp. 175
The Highest Form of Flatteryp. 203
Multisensory Perception
See What I'm Sayingp. 239
All of the Abovep. 267
Epiloguep. 295
Notesp. 297
Photograph Creditsp. 331
Indexp. 333
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