See Inside April/May 2007

Listening with Your Eyes

To perceive the world as a whole, our five senses have to team up in the brain—and in some cases, they actually seem to fuse with one another

It is Saturday evening at the state fair. To your left, "Rock around the Clock" wafts out of a tent. Behind you, a group of teenagers is carrying on, laughing loudly. Somewhere, an infant is crying. A profusion of neon signs and blinking lights competes for your attention. A roller coaster plummets and makes a hairpin curve. Your senses are already overloaded. But the experience wouldn't be complete without an ice-cream cone in hand and the aroma of cotton candy and honey-roasted almonds in the air.

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