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A defense of the most underrated sense

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This is a modified excerpt from Inside Your Head 🧠, a weekly newsletter exploring why your brain makes you think, feel, and act the way you do, written by me, Elemental’s senior writer and a former brain scientist. Subscribe here so you won’t miss the next one.


An interview with the world’s leading expert on the mysterious condition

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Dr. Richard Cytowic knows life is not always black and white. About 40 years ago, the Washington D.C.–based neurologist was having dinner with friends when one told him that when he tastes food or drink, he also feels it in his face and hands. ”Oh, you have synesthesia,” Cytowic replied.


Psychedelics and the nature of perception

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Last summer, when I took acid with a close friend, she told me she could suddenly see the world in 3D.


Touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound can improve your well-being in all sorts of surprising ways

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About a quarter of the human brain’s mass is devoted to processing information from the five senses. Given that the brain plays such a central role in health, it’s not surprising that the five senses are closely tied to well-being.

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