Human senses can receive up to 10 million bits of input per second. (Cooper, Robert K., PhD., and Ayman Sawaf. Executive EQ. p 88-89. NY: Grosset/Putnam, 1997.)

The five senses directly affect presence of mind. The brain is constantly taking in sensory data as the afferent nerves send visual, auditory, olfactory, tactile, and gustatory messages. These messages vie for attention with other mental activities such as creativity, analysis, and inspection, all of which can be interrupted by sensory data. (Howard, Pierce J., PhD. The Owner’s Manual for the Brain. p 700-701. GA: Bard Press, 1994, 2000.)

Hearing, a small part of vision, touch, and taste all enter the brain through the brainstem and are passed up to the thalamus. (Ratey, John J., MD. A User’s Guide to the Brain. p 63. NY: Vintage Books, 2002.)

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