The Incredible Shrinking Pain, and other Brain Hacks

By | January 14, 2009

From Boston.com “Hack your brain“.

DO YOU EVER want to change the way you see the world? Wouldn’t it be fun to hallucinate on your lunch break? … All it takes is a basic understanding of how the mind works.

The first thing to know is that the mind isn’t a mirror, or even a passive observer of reality. Much of what we think of as being out there actually comes from in here, and is a byproduct of how the brain processes sensation. In recent years scientists have come up with a number of simple tricks that expose the artifice of our senses, so that we end up perceiving what we know isn’t real – tweaking the cortex to produce something uncannily like hallucinations. Perhaps we hear the voice of someone who is no longer alive, or feel as if our nose is suddenly 3 feet long.

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