Human perception circa 1959

I recently saw this review of The Human Body: What it is and How it works, a book published in 1959 containing vivid illustrations of the body.

Two images in particular really struck me. The first is a representation of 4/5 of our senses, our modes of perceiving the world around us:

senses

 

The second is a representation of olfaction:

cranial nerve

 

I’m not sure if I totally “get” these illustrations, or even if there is much to understand. Either way, they’re really visually appealing, even if devoid of much meaningful information…

In Defense of Neuroscience

After writing about how neuroscience may seem to offer more insight in to the human brain than it really does, I wanted to share this undeniably cool application of neuroscience: NeuroKnitting.

The creators (artists Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Carnet with researcher Sebastian Mealla) used EEG headsets to record participants’ brain waves while listening to a piece by Bach and measured relaxation, excitement, and cognitive load, then converted the waves into a knitting pattern. They write:

Hence, every stitch of a pattern corresponds to a unique brain state stimulated by the act of listening. It means the user’s affective response to music is captured every second and memorised in the knitted garment pattern.