Can Silence Actually Drive You Crazy?

I will shout as loud as I can and keep screaming at the top As I spin around myself, I will continue to do so until my soul is cut off Excellent are you ready? Okay Thanks, it was fun Thank you The quietest place on Earth is, apparently, an anechoic room in Minneapolis Here at BYU, they have their own anechoic room. It is called anechoic in Latin They achieve anechoicity with a foamed material affixed to the wall Even on floors You can see that I am on a mesh floor and lay the foamed material under it I advise you to wear two earphones while listening to this experience because I believe that the experience will be better for you It will be very important. >> The lower sound frequency will come in, and the shape of it, bounce, And it will recoil almost forever until you get lost in the wall.

Then the high frequencies It will be absorbed into the foam by itself. >> You can hear how the echoes of a room die by constantly applauding as the doors close. >> There are reports that it is impossible to stay in one of these rooms and remain sane For a long period of time. Seemingly scored 45 minutes. >> It felt a little claustrophobic. And yet, it felt like there was a lot of pressure on my head. Why does this happen … especially since the air is no different here? >> My conclusion is that when you are listening in a normal room, there will be a lot of hesitation On your ear that means there is a lot of space, but there is none of that in >> It feels like you are in a small room, like you could be in a coffin.

>> Yes, perhaps, yes. >> I actually think it's an anxiety response. So I was used to having these sounds around You are then not you anymore, and so you start to panic, because you don't have anything I was used to, and I think increased anxiety could, cause some stress, and maybe that is Why do people go crazy or hallucinate with a sound. It's just because they are trying Compensate for what they lose and not here >> When I bring people in I warn them: Hey, if you get a little dizzy, please let me know, So I can get out of the room before we make a mess in our expensive facilities.

I hear it. Then you will hear any fluids that are in your mouth or throat. on you Hear them all move every time you move your mouth. The longer you stay there The more I hear. So you will begin to hear blood flow through the brain. >> Did you hear that? >> Yes. This sounds like some kind of ringing or pulsing. >> Are you kind of making a sound for us so we know what to listen in to? The sound of blood in the veins? Some people say they also hear chest sound >> Did you hear that? No >> The violinist placed in one of these rooms was apparently knocking on the door within Seconds trying to exit Now people say you will get dizzy and lose control …

And some say that you will listen to hallucinations But to me it doesn't sound right. You know, I think I should be able to sit in A room with no sound with lights for as long as I like. And so I am going to lay out Test myself by staying in this room for as long as I can. Enjoy the silent time Thank you Now it's just me in an anechoic chamber. This is probably the quietest place I am We have ever.

And at the second I'll say guys, turn off the lights. Oh. I am ready. The lights are off I will turn off the camera so that there is no light and I will only keep the voice recorder with me Not sure how much time I spent here but I still feel very comfortable It's … it's gentle and quiet … but it's relaxing If I hear anything, I feel like I am You can hear my heart beating I wasn't aware of it at first, but the microphone picked it up If I had to guess how much time I spent here I'd say eight minutes I feel k I can feel every pulse and It was radiating over my chest towards my head, Quiet things sound much louder. Like a thumb. We're around minute 46 or over, and I'm happy to jump out.

So, yeah, when I was ready for you You can flip the lights back on if you like. are you there? You didn't fall asleep, I just, you know, it was a good time. It is nice quiet The space. I kind of feel like this would be a good material for your bedroom's painting. Not Problem. Anechoic chamber, 45 minutes, 1 hour. Easy. I can stay here for five Hours. I think I can get a lot of work done here. So now I just have to get out. And I'm going to see if I can get out of this room without it There are people who find all kinds of situations really uncomfortable like just being in the playground A black room or an object in a small confined space. So maybe those types of people will find That kind of scary. I definitely noticed that there was a lot of noise. Nor was it just pure silence. Like I actually work hard to make things feel silent. Otherwise, you know, there is It sounded like me just rubbing my beard or just like rustling your clothes or Every time you swallow or you breathe.

Perhaps the strangest thing I noticed was how I felt from my heart. I just felt it was pumping really hard, and I almost felt like Blood pushed up through me. It wasn't like I was hearing that. It was just like I was feeling that. And I felt like, somehow, my heart My body was trembling. So I guess the myth that you can't stay here longer than 45 minutes is seized, Even if this is not a myth busters.

I still think it's not true. Now if you really hate silence, you should always carry an audiobook with you. And I can recommend a good one: Fault in the Stars for our friend John Greene. it's a An excellent book and it has been basically a modern bestseller since I was Issued. And soon there is a movie coming out and so maybe you want to get through Book before you go and watch the movie. Now you can download this book for free via Go to Audible.com/Veritasium. Or you could choose any other book of your choice for One month free trial. Audible is an amazing site with over 150,000 addresses across the board Literature including fiction, non-fiction, and periodicals. So you should check it out Outside. The address is in Doobly, and John will say. So I would like to thank Audible for supporting me, and I would like to thank you for watching..

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