Tag: Headtrip

The mystery of cats and their love of imaginary boxes

In Head Trip, PopSci explores the relationship between our brains, our senses, and the strange things that happen in between. Any cat owner knows how much our feline friends seem to bask in the coziness of a box. In fact, cats appear to derive so much comfort from enclosed spaces that their fondness for boxes […]

Why do clock hands seem to slow down?

In Head Trip, PopSci explores the relationship between our brains, our senses, and the strange things that happen in between. SURE, TIME FLIES flies when you’re having fun. Time also seems to stretch out like an old rubber band when you’re stuck in endless back-to-back Zoom work meetings. The latter is an example of chronostasis, a […]

Is there such a thing as a smell illusion?

In Head Trip, PopSci explores the relationship between our brains, our senses, and the strange things that happen in between. OUR SENSES ARE FALLIBLE. Our eyes can be fooled by everything from mirages to pictures of dresses that may or may not be blue and black (or white and gold), our ears by “endlessly rising” tones […]

Why our brains think fake hands are part of our bodies

In Head Trip, PopSci explores the relationship between our brains, our senses, and the strange things that happen in between. WE’VE ALL WONDERED how it might feel to inhabit a body that is not our own. The idea of body transfer has been a science fiction staple from the 1882 novel Vice Versa to the ongoing […]

How pilots end up in a ‘death spiral’

In Head Trip, PopSci explores the relationship between our brains, our senses, and the strange things that happen in between. USUALLY, pilots can navigate through cloudy and foggy conditions. They’re trained to do this. Substantially lowered visibility leaves them needing clarification and direction, and for that their instruments are essential. But in very rare cases, disagreement […]