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Short answer Yes, continuous exposure to white noise may affect neural responses in the auditory system. First, it alters the tonotopic mapping in the auditory cortex in adult rats. Secondly, it leads to reduced responses to auditory stimuli due to enhanced long-term depression in neurons in the adult rat thalamus. Background Note: the following answer ...


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Short answer Yes, there is a difference between hearing and understanding sound. Background Auditory information is processed in different auditory centers. The auditory system runs from the peripheral end organ in the inner ear (the cochlea) to the cortex. Along the way various processing steps are carried out. For example, basic reflex ...


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I disagree that it's an optical illusion at all, but OK, first an obligatory XKCD and it's matching Explain XKCD (and XKCD does present it as an optical illusion, so this goes against my theory - see below): ...


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My half-baked hypothesis: The world accidentally stumbled upon the first (to my knowledge) bi-stable color illusion Here is an example of bistable illusion: This bistable illusion involves the perception of motion. Is the dancer spinning clockwise or counterclockwise? The deal is that the image is actually ambiguous. But you can't possible perceive both ...


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It is well documented that people are able to selectively attend to different speakers. The ability to tune-in to a particular speaker and filter out others was dubbed the cocktail party effect, since it is the kind of skill that is required in when trying to have a conversation with another person in a crowded party. A common way of studying this ...



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