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Articles related to sensory perception

Browse: Smell and Taste Receptors in the Heart
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Cover Story: Why Our Brain Craves Random Noise
Sensory deprivation, dreams, hallucinations and the detection of familiar patterns in clouds and repetitive sounds reveal our brain’s determination to make meaning from random noise.
Smell and taste disorders compromise the health of children.
Feature: Smell & Taste Disorders in Children
The rate of taste disorders in children exceeds World Health Organisation guidelines, and combined with smell disorders compromises the nutritional health of a significant proportion of young Australians.
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Feature: Dead Hands and Phantoms
Recent studies have highlighted how central signals in the brain can change our sensation of the position and movement of joints, and how phantom limbs form when sensory information is lost.
Feature: What We Can Learn from Pickpockets
Scientists are using the perceptual trickery of pickpockets and magicians as a new tool to study perceptual processing in the brain.
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Feature: Cheerleaders Make Fools of Our First Impressions
The “cheerleader effect” ­– the observation that people appear more attractive when they are in a group – reveals some quirks about how the brain processes complicated visual information.
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Feature: Your Face Is Your Fortune
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but there is an additional treasure-trove of information still to be mined from new ways of looking at people's varying faces.
Neuropsy: Wired for Sound?
A new study proposes a biological cause for misophonia – the pathological hatred of sounds.
Neuropsy: Seeing Is Believing
Illusory pattern perception is associated with a belief in conspiracy theories.