IP in the Media

Wednesday 25 February 2015
  • As Light as Your Footsteps

  • Dr Ophelia Deroy’s experiments revealing the effects of walking sounds on body representation have been reported in the New Scientist. The associate director of IP, and member of the AHRC 'Rethinking the Senses' project, collaborated with a University College London team in the new CenSes laboratory to test the multisensory character of body representation. Changing volunteers’ walking sounds through technology, induced a change in perception of body shapes and physical capabilities, and enhanced motivation for exercise. This research casts new light on the plasticity of body representation, which previously had only considered the effects of vision and touch. The team is presenting its results in Korea later this year at the prestigious CHI conference on human-computer interactions.

  • Read the article in the New Scientist

Why do my eyes water when I chop onions?

Professor Barry C. Smith, director of the Institute of Philosophy (IP), has been explaining to the Mail on Sunday why our eyes water when we chop onions. It’s all to do with the trigeminal nerve in the brain says Professor Smith. The molecules that the chopped onions release into the air get into the nose and cause a sting that irritates the trigeminal nerve, which thinks the ‘eyes are being attacked, so it sends a signal that makes them water to flush away the irritant.’

Read the article in the Mail on Sunday