Your Senses Are Talking Behind Your Back

My parents and I used to eat at a restaurant where I would spend the entire dinner interrogating them why in the world the lights were so dim. Displaying great patience (or maybe great hunger), they would calmly repeat, “It’s for ambiance.” The restaurant was trying to maintain the mood, they said, to add a certain something to the meal. I stubbornly maintained that seeing my food could only add to the sensation of tasting it.The restaurant has since closed (probably because no one could see their food), but researchers are just beginning to understand the complex web of communication between the senses. Charles Spence is a gastrophysicist and experimental psychologist at Oxford University who studies multisensory perception—how input from one sense affects the brain’s interpretation of another. Not synesthesia,…


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