Podcast #40: Sounds delicious, sounds disgusting, everything, and nothing

Delicious food sounds, disgusting food sounds (with special commentary on particular food sounds that disgust Professor Jean Berko Gleason), everything, and nothing — all of these turn up in this week’s Improbable Research podcast.

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This week, Marc Abrahams tells about:

  • Sounds delicious. (Oliver Amft, Mathias Stäger, Paul Lukowicz, and Gerhard Tröster (2005). ‘Analysis of Chewing Sounds for Dietary Monitoring.’ UbiComp 2005: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, Tokyo, Japan, 11–14 September: 56–72. / Drake, B. K. (1963). ‘Food Crushing Sounds: An Introductory Study.’ Journal of Food Science 28 (2): 233–41. / Watt, D. M. (1966). ‘Gnathosonics: A Study of Sounds Producedby the Masticatory Mechanism.’ Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry 16 (1): 73–82. Featuring dramatic readings by Jean Berko Gleason.) Here’s detail from the gnathosonics paper: gnathosonics
  • Size, Timing, Everything, and Nothing. (“Size Is Everything,” Y. Arata, Nature Structural Biology,  vol. 4, no. 2, February1997, pp. 93-4 / “Size Isn’t Everything,” D. Tyler and N.E. Baker, Bioessays, vol. 25, no. 1, January 2003, pp. 5-8. / “Timing Isn’t Everything,” S. Nelson, Neuron, vol. 26, no. 3, June 2000, pp. 545-6. / “Timing Is Everything,” K. Fox, Neuron, vol. 27, no. 1, July 2000, pp. 1-3. / “Do Everything,” R.A. Fronduti, Annals of Internal Medicine, vol. 121, no. 111, December 1994, pp. 900-1. / “Doing Nothing,” H.L. Fred, South Medical Journal, vol. 85, no. 4, April 1992, p. 343. /  “When Does ‘Everything’ Mean Everything?” A. Rayo, Analysis, vol. 63, no. 278, April 2003, pp. 100-6. Featuring dramatic readings by Daniel Rosenberg.)

The mysterious John Schedler or the shadowy Bruce Petschek perhaps did the sound engineering this week.

The Improbable Research podcast is all about research that makes people LAUGH, then THINK — real research, about anything and everything, from everywhere —research that may be good or bad, important or trivial, valuable or worthless. CBS distributes it, on the CBS Play.it web site, and on iTunes and Spotify).

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