The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales is a 1985 book by neurologist Oliver Sacks describing the case histories of some of his patients. Sacks chose the title of the book from the case study of one of his patients which he names "Dr.
Sight isn’t the only way to experience the world: Senses work in tandem to guide cognition, movement, and communication. Experts posit that humans possess between 9 and 33 distinct senses, yet digital design routinely ignores neurological factors beyond sight.
Why do we visualize data? It helps us to comprehend huge amounts of data by compressing it into a simple, easy to understand visualization. It helps us to find hidden patterns or see underlying problems in the data itself which might not have been obvious without a good chart.
Beneath our awareness, the brain lets certain kinds of stimuli automatically capture our attention by lowering the priority of the rest.
An unusual experiment clarifies why laundry that dries outdoors smells so good. The findings, published in Environmental Chemistry, show that towels that dried in the sun produced a range of aldehydes and ketones: organic compounds that our noses associate with the scent of plants or perfume.
In a fascinating look at language, a professor lays out how political parties can sway supporters with tiny tweaks in word choice.
The confounding consistency of color categories. When Paul Kay, then an anthropology graduate student at Harvard University, arrived in Tahiti in 1959 to study island life, he expected to have a hard time learning the local words for colors.
I confess I have never heard (or at least don’t remember ever hearing) about Weber’s Law (pronouned vayber) until reading about it with this news item. It is the Law of Just Noticeable Differences. It deals with the minimum difference in a stimulus necessary to notice.
Neuroscience has found that gestures are not merely important as tools of expression but as guides of cognition and perception. Remember the last time someone flipped you the bird? Whether or not that single finger was accompanied by spoken obscenities, you knew exactly what it meant.
The question of what is a 'sense' and how many humans possess is surprisingly complicated. Take a look at the video to see the different, alternative answers. You can read more about it here.