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Human Perception

Human Perception deals with the way the mind perceives the stimuli around you. Learn how your senses function and help you recognize your environment.

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How does the sense of smell work?

What causes smell? When I walk into a bakery, I smell the bread. What actually has happened? Do objects give off pieces of matter? What has entered my nose to cause the sensation of smell?


The Language You Speak Affects How You Perceive Time

Swedish speakers tend to measure time by distance, while Spanish speakers tend to say measure it by volume. But how does this difference in expression affect how people perceive time?

Kids Aren't Bad at Identifying Smells. They Just Aren't Familiar With Many.

We get better at recognizing certain odor groups as we get older, a new study shows.

Your Feet Can Taste Garlic

After you try this pungent party trick, you'll never doubt the power of garlic.

What Makes That Person Creepy?

John Turturro played one to perfection in "The Big Lebowski." The guys from Stuff to Blow Your Mind investigate how people become creepy.

Why You Hate the Weird Sound of Your Own Voice

The reason why cringe when you hear your weird, terrible, monstrous voice? It all has to do with physics, biology and sonics.

Psychologists Prove a 'Superman' Disguise Could Actually Fool People

Want to hide in plain sight? It may be easier than you think.

How 17 Equals 49.6: The Amazing Multiplying Women

Statistics show people have a strange tendency to overestimate the female presence. What are the actual stats behind the "too many women" complaint?

Science Says Your Selfies Are Less Attractive Than You Think

Think that shot of you in the changing room mirror should be posted and shared? You might want to think again, depending on whether you care how you're perceived.

This Just In: Know-it-alls Know Nothing at All

A study showed that self-professed experts claimed knowledge of concepts in their field that don't really exist.

Can optimism make you healthier?

"Look on the bright side!" It's advice people have been doling out for ages, but could a positive outlook actually benefit your physical well-being?