Hallucinating in the Quiet Room

A room so quiet no one can stand it for more than 45 minutes, for The Times Herald, by Bill Ward:

Besides being able to hear one’s own heart, stomach and even inner ear, or the sounds emitted by a cellphone’s display, first-timers in the quiet room find their other senses discombobulated by “cross-modal” perceptual effects.
“Your eyes don’t feel as comfortable in this room,” Orfield pointed out, adding that some visitors have had hallucinations during or after a spell in there. “You lose your touchstones.”

It’s amazing how each of our senses are so tightly intertwined. It’s equally amazing how fast those ties are severed and the body adjusts to change.

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