"Brain Thunder" is the closest term I could come up with
September 13, 2012 12:20 PM Subscribe
What is physically happening when I "make my brain thunder"?
posted by waraw to Science & Nature (40 answers total) 38 users marked this as a favorite
If I concentrate on it, I can create a noise in my head that sounds like a fluttering, thunderous, loud sound that almost blocks out all other incoming noise. It's draining enough where I cannot maintain it for more than a few seconds, and while not exactly painful, it isn't pleasant. When I try to describe it to others, some people know exactly what I mean and others never do, so I'm not sure if it's universal or not. When I do this while looking in a mirror or feeling my face, I can't detect any actual muscles working to cause this. It definitely feels like a physical rather than a mental state; I have the sensation of putting some muscle to work, rather than imagining loud noises. What is happening in my skull when I do this? Which muscles am I exercising? Or am I incorrect about the physical-rather-than-mental hypothesis?