Your Skin Can Hear

Posted On: December 4, 2009

We not only hear with our ears, but also through our skin, according to a new study.

The finding, based on experiments in which participants listened to certain syllables while puffs of air hit their skin, suggests our brains take in and integrate information from various senses to build a picture of our surroundings.

Along with other recent work, the research flips the traditional view of how we perceive the world on its head.

“[That’s] very different from the more traditional ideas, based on the fact that we have eyes so we think of ourselves as seeing visible information, and we have ears so we think of ourselves as hearing auditory information. That’s a little bit misleading,” study researcher Bryan Gick of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, told LiveScience.

“A more likely explanation is that we have brains that perceive rather than we have eyes that see and ears that hear.”

With such abilities, Gick views humans as “whole-body perceiving machines.”

What role does this new information relate to lovemaking? Experiment and have fun doing so.

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