May 4, 2006 NYT had an article called "I Hear Ringing and There's No One There. I Wonder Why." Seems that people think they hear their cellphones when they aren't ringing. This isn't the case of mistaken identity when the phone rings on tv and we look for the portable telephone to answer. This is an audio illusion called phantom phone rings according to the Times. A doctoral student at UCLA is writing a dissertation about the phenomenon of "techno-saturation" in modern life.
The most interesting thing in the article was that phone rings hit the same spot in the brain that a baby's cries hit--the sweet spot of human hearing, and we respond. People who have their phones set on vibrate report phantom phone vibrations too.Posted by bwahlstr at May 18, 2006 9:56 AM