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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Bringing Multiples Senses Together To Change The Way We Perceive

Charles Spence: Sensploration (+Video)

Can you season seafood with ocean sounds? One of the many ways senses interact

Director: Liam Saint-Pierre | July 28, 2016

Historically, what are considered the five primary human senses – hearing, sight, touch, smell and taste – have been studied as independent phenomena. But according to Charles Spence, professor of experimental psychology at the University of Oxford, this separation is a mistake since our sensory experiences are so intimately intertwined. 

"For anyone new to this blog or who doesn't know, I have two mild forms of synesthesia: sound color (I see colors when I hear certain sounds, notes or songs) and lexical gustatory (tasting certain things, or craving tastes, when I hear certain sounds or words) - I'm going to abbreviate this LG for now. The latter is much more fun, but as I said, they're both mild and don't surface that often. Well! Yesterday, I discovered a new LG synesthesia cue for me: the word "stickers" makes me taste and/or crave gummy candy. Neither the pearly kind nor the sour kind - the classic, transparent/jelly kind. I excitedly tweeted this, got into a mini conversation with Mikey Il about it, and then realized that sharing four of my lexical gustatory cues with you guys might be fun." Source:

[Click on link for video] "...visual cues influence what we think we are hearing. That is, what we see can actually shape what we "hear." This visual-auditory crosstalk, which happens every time we perceive speech, becomes obvious in this video of a phenomenon called the McGurk Effect." Source:

<more at; related articles and links: (The FoST® Summit. October 5 & 6, 2016. [The Future of StoryTelling is an invitation-only, two-day gathering of technology, media, and communications visionaries from around the world. The summit is designed to put participants in direct contact with the most vital ideas, people, and technologies that are shaping the way we tell stories.]) and (Making Sense of the World, Several Senses at a Time. Sensory cross talk helps us navigate the world. February 28, 2012)>

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