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New Book: See What I'm Saying
Hi Auditory Friends-
Just wanted to let folks know about my new trade book on our 'hidden' perceptual skills:
See What I'm Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses (W.W. Norton & Co., 2010).
While the book covers all the senses, there are multiple chapters dedicated to auditory perception
and multisensory perception. The book also presents current hot-topic issues including
neuroplasticity, mirror neuron systems, and the primacy of multisensory perception. While written
for the layperson, auditory list members might be interested in using the book for teaching, and
as a way to update their knowledge on some of the most exciting findings in the smell, taste,
touch and sight literatures.
Below is a description along with relevant links.
See What I'm Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses
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 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.
Hardcover: 350 pages
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.