Monday, March 04, 2013

The World’s Quietest Room

It's actually more like a horror movie.

The StarTribune:
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 correctly pointed out, adding that some visitors have had hallucinations during or after a spell in there. "You lose your touchstones."

Small wonder, then, that even Orfield spends no more than a half-hour at a time in the 99.99 percent soundproof anechoic chamber, and no one has lasted in there for more than 45 minutes.
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