Drawing on his wealth of experience as a neurologist, Guy Lechsziner, author of The Nocturnal Brain, investigates how our five basic senses – touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste – help us to interpret the world around us and are the conduits between our internal and external lives. Through a number of fascinating case studies, he shows how any disruption to these senses, due to injury or illness, can utterly affect how we understand the world. We’ll meet Robert whose sense of temperature was turned completely upside down thanks to food poisoning from tainted fish, causing cold floor tiles to burn the soles of his feet and the warm sun to make him shiver. We’ll also learn about the fascinating phenomenon of synaesthesia which causes those who have it to mix up their senses, ‘hearing’ colour, ‘seeing’ sound, ‘tasting’ words.
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