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 only directional skill but also how we “hear” the future with time-to-arrive auditory information. On to smell and the neurological process by which scents shape moods. Commercial applications of almost undetectable “environmental aromas” in casinos have been labeled subliminal manipulations by investigative journalists though aroma experts refute this, saying flowers cannot be accused of manipulation. Blind painters show that painting is more than a visual medium, while our “visual brain” helps us touch. So it goes in this appealing and compelling look at new findings about the powers of our less-conscious brain, the realm of the senses. --Whitney Scott
An eye-opening look at the mechanics of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. We can see speech, hear shapes, touch flavor, taste odors and smell affection. Rosenblum's enthusiasm is contagious and his prose accessible.
Rosenblum describes in language accessible to lay readers a quirky collection of sensory wonders, which he explains how to duplicate easily. Fans of Pinker's How the Mind Works will find a cousin in this science book for nonscientists. --Library Journal
This terrific book might have been subtitled, Tales of Perceptual Versatility! Combining extraordinary cases, classic studies and the latest reports from the laboratory, See What I'm Saying exposes the psychological dynamics of perception. --Robert Remez, Professor of Psychology, Barnard College and Columbia University, American Association for the Advancement of Science FellowIn his new book Rosenblum provides hundreds of fascinating examples of the ways in which our sensory entanglements influence our daily lives and make us, well, us. --Scientific American
After reading Rosenblum's captivating book, you will be surprised at how much your senses are capable of. --New Scientist Magazine
“This is the first book I’ve seen that expertly draws the non-scientist into the fascinating world of sensory experience and perception. Until now, the popular science of sensation and perception has been less sexy than neuroscience, but See What I’m Saying
will change that. Rosenblum engages the reader with many lively personal experiences and stories of intriguing individuals and he does this while melding in lucidly explained hard science.” (Rachel Herz, author of The Scent of Desire)