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The Universal Sense: How Hearing Shapes the Mind
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Sound is technical as well as emotional, and we live in a world fascinated by big sexy words having to do with sound. The author uses one of these terms early, "amplitude modulation", our daily media is chock full of others, some of which have surfaced with the release of the new iPhone 5. Newspapers were running stories about "Circuit Switchback" the process by which consumers using 4G LTE networks will be switched back to 3G when they use applications involving voice and data, because 4G LTE can't yet handle simultaneous voice and data transmissions, but 3G can.
But if Professor Horowitz's book was just about fancy sound terms, it would probably be dull and listless: This is your brain listening to Metallica; this is your brain listening to the sea. Instead the author begins the other way - with sound itself. He brings a sound to our ears and describes how we are changed by it.Read more ›
The main ideas of The Universal Sense are how we hear sounds, how our brains process sounds, and how those sounds shape our minds. Sounds are vibrations and waves that are constantly entering our ears. These waves move inner structures of the ear in many different ways depending on the frequency and amplitude of the sound wave. When these structures move, they move hair cells in the ear, which send neuronal signals to the brain. Sounds over time activate and can create different neuronal pathways that are different between individuals. The more that pathway is activated the easier it is becomes to activate that pathway. Our minds have been shaped to recognize what sounds are “normal” or “abnormal” for different environments. While you are reading this review, someone may be coughing or tapping their foot. Your brain may be processing this sound as an annoyance, and in your mind you are getting more irritated because you cannot concentrate. On the other hand you may not even notice the noise and can read on just fine. Sounds provoke different emotions among individuals.Read more ›
All that pregnancy reading helped in seeing parallels of how foetus shifts from systems during birth. A human foetus shifts from umbilical cord to pulmonary route for breathing. And such a shift is found in bull frog tadpoles when they move from the opercular way of hearing under water to the ear.
There are so many things about hearing that we come across daily but havent put it into:
Do you know why you have preference for one ear when you talk on the phone
Why you have to take care of alarms while it doesnt seem to bother others
How you can hear over the din in a restaurant/party - Cocktail effect
This is science amped All you wanted to know about hearing from a contemporary scientist who does his homework of popular/necessary reading.
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This book is for those who wants to undestand how music and sound can affect us. I really recomend it!Published 23 months ago by Mariana
This is just a great book on all things hearing and sound. Seth is an excellent engaging writer and really wants you to understand and become passionate about sound. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Alan Tower
I didn't read this, but gave it as a Christmas gift to my mother, who is fascinated with cognitive science. She can't stop raving about it. Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by KH1
This book covers quite a wide range of very specific scientific information in auditory neuroscience/acoustics/psychology. It's basically meant to be a 'reading documentary'. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by PJ
I am building a library for myself and am collecting books for the library that I will have some day. This is one such book. Read morePublished on December 21, 2013 by S. L. Pieper