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See What I'm Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  82 ratings  ·  14 reviews
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, Ros ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 22nd 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published March 1st 2010)
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Sagar Rijal
Perceptual Powers & Auditory Bliss

Recently, I had an exciting sensory experience. I discovered that I was able to hear songs from memory. It does not sound like much but it was exciting for me. I was in an airplane, bored and unable to sleep, and I tried passing time by remembering and silently humming my favorite songs. Due to the presence of strangers, I wasn't audibly making any sound and I concentrated my full attention to my ears while keeping my eyes closed. In a short while the song
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Marcelo
By the end of this book, I was absolutely exhausted and overstressed of having to “imagine myself in this experiment” all the time.

Oddly enough, the author’s annoying fixation on this expression is shown in a book that, among other things, talks about the role of mirror neurons in our learning process, social interactions and “overall mimicking activities” when dealing with others. Go figure. Maybe he still needs to devise an fMRI experiment in order to assess how repeating those words in every
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Patrick
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Psychologist and researcher Rosenblum reports on recent advances in perceptual science that provide new insights into how our senses work. To cover the range of our extraordinary perceptual skills, he provides fascinating, concrete examples for each ability. Blind mountain bikers use hearing for guidance, creating clicking sounds with their mouths for navigation via batlike echolocation. “Beep Baseball” for the blind, with its beeping ball and bases, is yet another instance of not
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Richard Thompson
A fascinating book. In the first line of the final section of the book Rosenblum writes: “In a way, this entire book is a lie.” Including the reference in the subtitle to “the five senses”. The author uses the common labels and divisions — hearing, sight, taste, touch, smell — to organize the book, but in each section he introduces us to research that points to the fact that every individual “sense” is influenced and augmented by input from other perceptual systems. We also learn that we use a ...more
Kevin McAllister
Lawrence D. Rosenblum brought up tons of interesting facts on just how intertwined the workings of our five senses are intertwined. Some of them were downright fascinating. But I had a real problem with the writing style. He kept telling his readers what he was going to cover in future chapters and kept reminding us of what he had covered in earlier chapters. This was annoying enough, but what drove me absolutely crazy was the phrase he kept repeating over & over & Over again " Imagine y ...more
Nurhafizah Yusri
An insightful book about how the brain works behind the scenes of our senses. I found some parts over-explained and dry in an effort to help the reader imagine an experiment ("you're told that..", "you'd shift..", "you try to.."). It was, however, good advice on how to improve our neuroplasticity or 'brain training' in the long run.

I enjoyed the anecdotes, which gave me a unique perspective on how our body does much more than what we assume it to do.

Overall, the book has renewed my admiration f
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Laurel
This book enthralled me in a way that nonfiction rarely does. Anyone interested in the brain and its many methods of perception and cognition will enjoy the accounts of seemingly superhuman feats of the senses. My sole complaint is that I did get quite tired of the phrase "Imagine yourself in this experiment." Point taken, though. See What I'm Saying is a highly recommended read.
Paula
May 08, 2013 Paula added it
I don't think I am going to finish reading this book. Although the subject matter is interesting, as are some anecdotal examples, the author seems to find himself more amusing than I do. Likely I will pick and choose sections of greater interest.

I'm done with this book; no, I didn't finish reading it, but I'm done.
Kathy
Interesting topic, learned a lot, but the author wasn't as entertaining as he thought he was. Would have been much better 100 pages less, or 100 pages more (with more examples and less personal mind wanderings)
Colleen
Humans can use echolocation, just like bats and dolphins do. The first chapter introduces a blind man who leads other blind individuals on mountain biking trips using echolocation. Fascinating.
Shanti
May 12, 2010 Shanti added it
I started reading this and didn't find the information to be very new or revolutionary. I skimmed the rest of the book.
Marty
I have expanded my superpowers by reading this book. I can read lips now! (And so can you.)
Andrew
Fantastic book. Worth a read by anyone interested in how your senses work and work together.
Kristie
Aug 28, 2010 Kristie marked it as started-didn-t-get-to-finish
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