It turns out that we DO listen with our eyes...

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Timmah, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. Timmah


    May 19, 2011
    ...and not just to what kind of bass is on stage.
    Visual signals impact what we hear, which is why it's harder to hear over the phone or some of you older TB members can't hear the TV without your glasses. ;)
    It's called the McGurk effect. It's interesting that it applies more to speech than to music, but it's cool nevertheless.
    Posting this from my Linguistics lecture because I think it's that cool.
  2. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    The way the senses interact is fascinating. Like how if you blindfold someone, put a cut apple up to their nose, and have them take a bite of a raw potato, they'd think it's an apple, apparently.
  3. Timmah


    May 19, 2011
    Hmm, sounds like an excellent roomate experiment...
  4. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    OK, so let me get this straight. I gotta go blind someone, shove an apple up their nose and now they'll think the potato is their parent? Works for me.
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  6. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    McGurk ? isnt that a pickle ?
  7. OldDog52


    Jan 1, 2011
    I can scratch "Being McGurk'd" off my bucket list now.
  8. BassMom88


    Oct 17, 2011
    That is cool Timmah! David Eagleman Richard Cytowic, Oliver Sacks, and Daniel Levitan are some authors/researchers you might want to check out who have done work in sensory perception - the latter two with music in particular.
  9. Turxile


    May 1, 2011
    It seems we also smell with our eyes.. I was watching a chocolate commercial last night and I smelled chocolate ;P