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Coming to Our Senses

A Boy Who Learned to See, a Girl Who Learned to Hear, and How We All Discover the World

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781541675155

Price: $28 / $35 (CAD)

ON SALE: June 8th 2021

Genre: Nonfiction / Psychology / Cognitive Neuroscience & Cognitive Neuropsychology

PAGE COUNT: 272

What can we learn about our senses from people who were born without them?

We think of perception as a passive, mechanical process, as if our eyes are cameras and our ears microphones. But as neurobiologist Susan R. Barry argues, perception is a deeply personal act. Our environments, our relationships, and our actions shape and reshape our senses throughout our lives.

This idea is no more apparent than in the cases of people who gain senses as adults. Barry tells the stories of Liam McCoy, practically blind from birth, and Zohra Damji, born deaf, in the decade following surgeries that restored their senses. As Liam and Zohra learned entirely new ways of being, Barry discovered an entirely new model of the nature of perception. Coming to Our Senses is a celebration of human resilience and a powerful reminder that, before you can really understand other people, you must first recognize that their worlds are fundamentally different from your own.

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