Hearing

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You have this tiny corkscrew to thank for every song you’ve ever heard.
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Although sensory systems share basic features of organization, each is uniquely designed to respond to a particular aspect of the world.
  • The Dana Foundation
Through complex systems that begin with cells that respond to physical stimuli and send signals through a maze of brain circuits, we can know — both consciously and otherwise — what goes on around us and within our bodies.
  • The Dana Foundation
Imagine hearing a bird chirp and seeing the color yellow. This is what life may be like for someone with synesthesia. Explore the unique experiences of a synesthete and learn more about this rare condition.
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Why do we have two ears instead of just one? Try this activity and find out.
  • Scientific American
Students are introduced to brain structure, neurotransmitters, hormones, and neural networks in this nine part lesson.
  • Baylor College of Medicine
The cochlea performs an amazing feat: translating vibrations in the air into signals the brain recognizes as sound.
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Despite the swanky name, the cocktail party problem has nothing to do with martinis. It’s a term scientists use to refer to the brain’s ability to tune in to a single voice.
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The brain receives information about the outside world via the senses. But how much of this information do we actually notice?
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Research into the razor-sharp hearing of barn owls reveals how we create mental maps of space and may lead to hearing loss solutions.
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Synesthesia is a condition in which stimulation of one sense automatically evokes a perception in an unstimulated sense.
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Often considered the most important sense for humans, hearing allows us to communicate with each other by receiving sounds and interpreting speech.
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The Virtual Exhibit is a collection of games, demonstrations, and activities for students to learn about sources and effects of protection from dangerous sounds.
  • Oregon Health and Science University

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