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Science & the City / New York Academy of Sciences has a few seats left for their upcoming event “The Science of the Five Senses” – if you’re in NYC check it out!

In this stimulating series, scientists at the cutting edge of sense research team up with cultural icons – including a gourmand, an illusionist, a filmmaker, and a songstress – to excite each of our senses and explain the science behind your responses.

Featured in The New York Times
“At the New York Academy of Sciences, researchers and artists will team up to explore this new research in a series of talks called Science of the Five Senses. Their conversations will raise a question for the amateur hedonist: If we had a better understanding of the signals our bodies send to our brains, might we take more pleasure from them?”

A Rose by Any Other Name: The Science of Smell
How does a particular scent conjure a memory in your mind? How does the brain interpret olfactory signals for food, danger, or potential mating partners? The head of Rockefeller University’s Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior, Leslie Vosshall, and Avery Gilbert, the author of a new book on the sense of smell, explain.

See What You’ve Been Missing: The Science of Vision
Leading cognitive neuroscientist and visual perception expert Christof Koch (the research partner of the late Francis Crick) reveals the shortcomings of human sight, and sleight-of-hand artist Apollo Robbins demonstrates how readily the eye and mind are tricked.

Test Your Tongue: The Science of Taste
Eating and food have become two of the most popular lifestyle topics of our culture. At this event, smell and taste researcher Linda Bartoshuk and New York Times food columnist Harold McGee look at our understanding of the science of taste and the chemical underpinnings of flavors, foods, beverages, and other edibles.

What is Music to Your Ears? The Science of Hearing
McGill University music perception expert Daniel Levitin and Grammy-winning singer Rosanne Cash explain how the brain processes aural information and how our perception of sounds can inspire emotion. Cash will also give a live musical performance during this spectacular final senses event.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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