Imagine if you could mix and match your senses... seeing music or hearing colors. That's a neurological condition called synesthesia. A few decades ago, science thought it was a myth, but neuroscientist David Eagleman says artists and synesthesia goes way back.
What other sensory phenomena are out there, waiting to be discovered? A growing online community is watching and making videos to trigger a particular set of tingling sensations, and the calm euphoria that often follows them. Here's part of the story of ASMR...
There are all kinds of tools to amplify our senses, from hallucinogens to cochlear implants. A few people are taking it further, implanting devices in their bodies, to give them entirely new sensory experiences.
Artist Neil Harbisson is greyscale colour blind and he likes seeing only shades of black and white, but he wanted to experience colour. So he designed a new electronic body part that would help.
And if you want to hear about the art Neil makes thanks to his new sense - and a whole lot more - here's his extended interview.
“In the culture people talk about trauma as an event that happened a long time ago. But what trauma is, is the imprints that event has left on your mind and in your sensations... the discomfort you feel and the agitation you feel and the rage and the helplessness you feel right now.”
Psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk is studying the healing power of helping people with post traumatic stress disorder focus less on telling their stories, and more on how their stories feel... how they sound, look, or smell.
With the international community sending doctors and resources to help stop Ebola's spread across West Africa, we turn to medical historian Gregg Mitman to help us understand the history behind how people there - and here - are responding to the outbreak.
He’s a professor of medical history, and he was in Liberia when the virus was first reported in the capital, Monrovia.
Everyone loves a good joke, right? Well, at least when it's not at your expense. We explore hoaxes throughout history, get in the mind of a prolific prankster, and hear from writer Walter Kirn about getting duped by a dangerous con man.
For more than a decade, writer Walkter Kirn was friends with a wealthy eccentric named Clark Rockefeller. One day, he discovered the awful truth - the man he knew as Clark Rockefeller was a dangerous imposter.
Legendary showman P.T. Barnum once owned a slave named Joice Heth. Barnum claimed she was 161 years old and a former nanny to George Washington. Benjamin Reiss tells the story in his book "The Showman and the Slave: Race, Death, and Memory in Barnum's America."
In 2001, reporter Marja Mills met the celebrated and notoriously private author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee. The two struck up a friendship and, a few years after their first meeting, the two became neighbors. Mills writes about their friendship in her new memoir, “The Mockingbird Next Door.”