4 Touch Tricks That Feel Like Magic
*quiet electronic music* sound and touch Our sense of touch is intrinsically linked to our sense of hearing. Many surfaces make sounds when touched like rough sand paper. These sounds effect how we feel them. You can try it with this test. Write a short sentence with chalk on a chalkboard. You can write anything. Now put in a pair of earplugs and write the same sentence again. The chalkboard should feel much smoother when you can’t hear the chalk crunching on the board. That’s so weird. *ding* the imaginary string The power of suggestion has a lot of influence over our senses. What our brains imagine can influence how we feel things. Let’s trick your brain with this test. Fold your hands then extend both your forefingers leaving them about 1 inch apart. Have a friend circle their forefinger around your fingers telling you to imagine they’re tying your fingers with a string. Almost against your will your fingers will start moving together. so much for free will huh? Hot or cold Our senses adapt to the stimuli around them. That’s why when there’s a loud fan humming in the background eventually we tune it out. Our ears adapt to the noise. We can also trick our sense of touch. Take three bowls of water. One hot, one icy cold, and one warm. Put one of your hands in the hot water and one in cold water.Let them sit for about a minute. Then take them out and put both of your hands into the warm water. Your senses won’t be able to tell what temperature the warm water is. They’ll feel like the opposite temperature they were before. “That felt really weird.” Guess you can’t trust anything. *bong* The dead finger illusion Our brains have an intrinsic sense of ownership over our bodies. When what the brain sees and what it feels are different, our brains get confused and a sense of numbness can occur. You can try it with this test. Press your hand against someone else’s. With the fingers of your other hand stroke both of the forefingers. You should feel like your forefinger is numb. “feels like anesthesia in my hand” Creepy! Can you handle it?