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'Magic is really only the utilisation of the entire spectrum of the senses,' says Irish author Michael Scott in his novel The Alchemyst. 'Humans have cut themselves off from their senses. Now they see only a tiny portion of the visible spectrum, hear only the loudest of sounds, their sense of smell is shockingly poor and they can only distinguish the sweetest and sourest of tastes.'
This month, we look to put that right by reconnecting with the topic through an explosion of the senses. There are five articles on the traditional senses of vision, hearing, taste, smell and touch; plus we look at some more exotic capabilities, to echolocation and beyond; and in 'Looking back', we hear how philosophers and early psychologists conceptualised our sensory abilities.
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Dr Jon Sutton
The essence of the human condition?
Lorenzo Stafford on smell
Dining in the dark
Charles Spence and Betina Piqueras-Fiszman on taste
Hearing pitch - right place, wrong time?
Chris Plack on competing theories of pitch perception
Living with touch
Alberto Gallace seeks to understand tactile interactions
Visual attention - a fresh look
John M. Findlay and Iain D. Gilchrist on vision
The exotic sensory capabilities of humans
Lawrence D. Rosenblum and Michael S. Gordon
Looking back: Finding the senses
Michael S. Gordon on early views of sensory abilities
Environmental psychology; the language of suicide; referendum; and more
News, digest and media
Creativity; self-control; event reports; the latest nuggets from the Society's Research Digest service; plus Mark Sergeant and Francine BÃ©ar in 'Media'
'Adapt or perish - understand ourselves'
As psychology at the University of East London celebrates its 50th anniversary, Miles Thomas talks to its first Head of Department, John Radford
Philosophy for life; the ravenous brain; happiness for people who can't stand positive thinking; and more
President's column; 'PsychSource' launches; new Society-funded POSTnote; e-learning wins award;
Careers and psychologist appointments
We meet Robert Bor to talk about aviation psychology and more; Christina MacDonald shares her experiences as an assistant psychologist working on a pilot project supporting victims of human trafficking; plus all the latest vacancies.
Should we be more mindful of psychosis? Carly Samson with the latest in our series for budding writers (see www.bps.org.uk/newvoices for information) .
One on one
...with Jane Ussher