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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 batlike 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 surpising 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 discernable 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.
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By Karina on 09-20-16
One of the most entertaining and fluent text books
The narrator is very good and has a voice that is easy to listen to, once you ignore the pronunciation of human as uman.
It should be noted that I had to read this book for one of my university classes, and therefore, did bot choose to. That said, I actually enjoyed listening to it (and most likely more than I would have enjoyed reading it).
By Armando L. Franco Carrillo on 09-23-12
Some interesting facts, it was a chore to finish i
Would you try another book from Lawrence D. Rosenblum and/or Lawrence D. Rosenblum?
I am not sure. I did not hate it, but I was not looking forward to listen to it either. I learned some stuff, but it was boring to hear about a series of experiments and results without practical application.
What did you like best about this story?
It had interesting facts amid all the experiments.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
He sounded excited many times at things that were not very exciting for me: "You can not distinguish DA and GA!". I felt like saying: "and so what?" many times during the book.
Did See What I'm Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses inspire you to do anything?
Not really. Maybe perform a couple of experiments some day.
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By Richard D on 05-06-15
Fascinating window into my own senses
Really enjoyed every part of this book, I feel I really understand myself better after listening to this. It's great to hear it read by the author too. I recommend this to anyone who wants to know why the things they perceive happen and how you can improve on even the elements of yourself that you thought couldn't be changed. 5 star.