The Universal Sense: How Hearing Shapes the Mind
Every day, we are beset by millions of sounds-ambient ones like the rumble of the train and the hum of air conditioner, as well as more pronounced sounds, such as human speech, music, and sirens. But how do we process what we hear every day? This book answers such revealing questions as:
• Why do we often fall asleep on train rides or in the car, and what does it have to
To me it was more like a textbook, opposed to what I expected after reading the description.
I recommend it to someone who wants a very deep study on the subject, or someone interested in deep research on this topic.
The author is really very intelligent, has deep knowledge and experience on the subjects, he really amazed me by the leve ...more
For those who don't like the more technical stuff, I'd suggest reading it from back to front or just picking chapters out at random that sound intriguing. I did read it stra ...more
*frogs become temporarily deaf as they transition from tadpole to adult frog...as their brains are rewired to go from hearing underwater to hearing on land.
*frogs can regrow hair cells that allow then to hear while humans can't ...which leads to important implications if we can figure out how to help humans regrow their ha ...more
If the fact that tadpoles are effectively deaf for 48 hours and their brain is dramatically remapped while they transition to frogs is something you think is interesting, then this is for you.
AND you don't mind wading through perhaps overly verbose terminology like "turning stochastic noise into quantal percepts" or "femtosecond changes in thermal energy of vibrating atoms".
The author is able to pull together knowledge and science from many fields and is funny to boot :-)
If you're at all interested in sound, music and/or neurology, go read!