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Sensory input affects our emotions. For example, a person can experience exhilaration when listening to music, longing when hearing an old familiar song, or pleasure when being massaged. For example, novelist Marcel Proust's journey as described in Remembrance of Things Past began with the sensation of a spoonful of tea and madeleine pastry:

No sooner had the warm liquid, and the crumbs with it, touched my palate, a shudder ran through my whole body, and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary changes that were taking place. An exquisite pleasure had invaded my senses, but individual, detached, with no suggestion of its origin. And at once the vicissitudes of life had become indifferent to me, its disasters innocuous, its brevity illusory—this new sensation having had on me ...

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