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The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses

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Baker & Taylor
The author explores the astonishing abilities of humans' five senses, abilities that people rarely detect in day-to-day life, from a blind person that can "see" through bat-like echolocation to pheromones that can signal a lover's compatibility.

Norton Pub
In this revealing romp through the mysteries of human perception, University of California psychologist and researcher Lawrence Rosenblum explores the astonishing abilities of the five senses—skills of which most of us are remarkably unaware. Drawing on groundbreaking insights into the brain’s plasticity and integrative powers, including findings from his own research, Rosenblum examines how our brains use the subtlest information to perceive the world. A blind person, for example, can “see” through bat-like echolocation; a master sommelier can actually taste the grape variety, region, and vintage of an obscure wine; and pheromones can subliminally signal a lover’s compatibility.To illustrate these implicit perceptual skills, Rosenblum takes us from the “beep” baseball fields where blind players swing at beeping balls, to a pitch-black restaurant where diners experience taste without the aid of sight. We accompany him on a visit to an Oscar-winning animator who explains how the public’s expertise in perceiving faces has made his job so difficult; and a visit with a supermodel to discuss why beautiful faces are irresistible.New studies have shed light on the surprising power and reach of our senses. It turns out that our brains use entire forms of perceptual information of which we are largely unaware. We can hear things that don’t make sounds, feel things without touching them, see things with no form, and smell things that have no discernible odor. Throughout the book, Rosenblum not only illuminates the fascinating science behind our hidden perceptual powers, but demonstrates how increased awareness of these abilities can actually lead us to enhance how we use them.
An in-depth look at the science behind the hidden powers of your senses and how to harness their potential.

Book News
This book provides an example-oriented overview of human perception, based on cutting-edge research. Rosenblum (psychology, U. of California-Riverside) concentrates on the mechanics of our senses, providing many examples of both substitution of one sense for another, manipulation of perceptions by outside stimuli, and our largely unconscious responses to such stimuli. Written in a lively, non-technical style, this will appeal to anyone who was intrigued by Pinker and has an interest in the workings of the human mind. If neuroscience is the face of the human coin, sensation and perception is its flip side, and the author does a wonderful job bringing it to life in all its mystery and glory. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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University of California psychologist and researcher Lawrence D. Rosenblum explores the astonishing abilities of the five senses, abilities few of us even know we have. Drawing on groundbreaking insights into the brain's neuroplasticity and integrative powers, including findings from his own research, Rosenblum examines how the brain uses the subtlest information to apprehend the world. A blind person, for example, can "see" through batlike echolocation; wine connoisseurs can actually taste the vintage of an obscure wine; pheromones can signal a lover's compatibility; and an undetected odor can influence our behavior. Rosenblum takes us from the "beep" baseball fields where blind players swing at buzzing balls to a pitch-black restaurant where diners experience taste without the aid of sight, not only illuminating the science behind our sensory powers but also demonstrating how increased awareness of these abilities can actually enhance how we use them.--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York, NY : W. W. Norton, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393067606
0393067602
Branch Call Number: 152.1 R723s
Characteristics: xvi, 350 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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