‘Sensation and Perception’ Category

Cochlear Implants: A Step Towards the Hearing Future

Written by Lydia Brekke, Taylor Graft, and Madisyn Plumhoff “The number of people who use cochlear implants keeps growing. More than 324,200 people across the world have cochlear implants. In the United States, over 96,000 people have cochlear implants” (ASHA, 2019). Two weeks after his birth, Patrick from St. Louis, Missouri was diagnosed with profound […]

Becoming Pinocchio: An Examination of the Pinocchio Illusion

Written by Grey Grettum, Taylor Mac, Julie Terrone, and Katie Velek   Pinocchio is a very well known Disney character, and he is cursed with having an enlarged nose every time he tells a lie; however, you may not have heard of the illusion named after his curse! The Pinocchio illusion, also known as the […]

First, it’s Sour, Then it’s Sweet: ‘Flavor Tripping,’ What it is and How it Works

Written by Kristen Eggler, Kjorte Harra, Yesenia Hidalgo, and Jennifer Puchuela Morocho   Ever wanted to sip on pure lemon juice like it’s a sweet glass of lemonade? With the aid of ingesting the newly popularized miracle fruit, people all over are experiencing a temporary but astounding transformation of their taste buds. Ingesting a piece of […]

Should You Smell Coffee Beans While Smelling Fragrances?

Written by Charity Aultman, Mitaya Johnson, Lauren Lowe, and Drew Weidner   How many of you have smelled coffee beans while smelling perfumes at a department store or even seen them and wondered why?  Coffee beans can be used to combat something called olfactory fatigue. Our olfactory system can become overwhelmed or overexposed to a smell […]

“Falling” Victim to the Tunnel Illusion

Written by Lauren Casey, Leigh Hanefeld, Aleese Holst, and Amanda Otto   What is the Tunnel Illusion? It is Halloween, and you and your friends decide to go to a haunted house. While wandering through the spooky scenery, you come upon a tunnel that seems to be rotating. Curious about where the rotating tunnel will […]