How THE SILLIEST GAME EVER apparently works

Brilliant neurologist and acclaimed author Vilayanur Ramachandran gave a talk that addresses exactly what I was wondering about on this blog a few days ago, with regards to the bizarre (and super fun) game in which you guess the sounds of visual art:

Note in particular the last segment in which he compares the two fictitious letters of the Martian alphabet. Just as my friends and I came up with the same sounds for each sculpture, 99% of the audience comes up with the same sound for the Martian letters. Apparently our brains have an apparatus called the fusiform gyrus which is responsible for the levels of abstraction that the museum game demands.


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