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Sight, touch, hearing, taste, and smell send sensory messages to the brain at a speed of 430km/hr. The brain deals with 11 million information signals per second, and this continual flow of information is sorted and analyzed by the brain, which directs the senses, organizes them, and improves them. The brain’s plasticity allows it to continually adapt. If and individual loses one sense, the brain reorganizes and compensates by increasing the power of the other senses. This episode highlights an artist who is blind and uses his fingers to feel the color of the paint before applying it to the canvas. Part of the “Human + The Future of Our Senses” series.
Provides a short overview of the five senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. Explores the special relationship between taste and smell. Shows how our senses combine to help us more richly experience the world around us. Includes suggested classroom activity.
Technology and science are working to restore, replace, and supercharge the powerful human sense of hearing. Meet a man who is blind whose hearing is so acute that he can navigate a bicycle by the sound of the echo of a click. This episode also highlights some of the advances made in hearing aids and work being done by researchers to use sound to improve cognition and memory during sleep. Part of the “Human + The Future of Our Senses” series.
The sense of touch is an invisible force of human nature. Today, touch is undergoing a revolution. Science has pushed the limits of nature thanks to technological touch. It is now possible to touch objects virtually that are invisible or located thousands of kilometers away. A simple movement in the air is enough to control them. Medical technology has even succeeded in giving a sense of touch to bionic limbs made of metal, plastic, wires, and processors. Slowly but surely, prostheses are starting to perform better than natural limbs. Part of the “Human + The Future of Our Senses” series.
The science of sight has entered a new era. Scientists are starting to understand how a few rare individuals can see better or see faster. Meet a woman who can see a hundred more colors than the average human being, and a heavyweight boxer who undergoes sophisticated training to increase the speed of his visual reflexes and acuity. As silicon and carbon meld and point the way to a bionic future, researchers discuss how technology is starting to replace or enhance vision for those who have lost it. Viewers witness the moment when a husband and father, equipped with an experimental retinal implant, sees his wife and child for the first time. Part of the “Human + The Future of Our Senses” series.
Smelling is as natural as breathing. Sixteen times a minute, air passes through the nose to fill the lungs. Billions of molecules passing through the nasal cavities are captured by the cells of the olfactory organ. Scientists and others are presently working in the realms of taste and smell to understand their powers. They are bringing to light the mystery that, from conception to adulthood, reveals a fabulous potential. Is it possible that one day the nose will help uncover diseases, vanquish pain, and lower stress levels? Part of the “Human + The Future of Our Senses” series.
I think what your eyesight does is confirm other senses, says James Robertshaw, a world champion kite flyer and for two years personal assistant to Rory Heap. Heap has been blind from birth, but with Robertshaw's assistance pursues his ambition for kite flying--particularly of complicated figure eight patterns. Using all of his senses except for sight, Heap learns how to fly a kite with the same dexterity that Robertshaw uses to guide him through busy city streets.
Touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight: the human body's five major senses. They are senses that have evolved independently over millions of years but are brought together by our marvelous central nervous system into the most refined way of interacting with the environment of any species on the planet. Join Dr. Mark Reisman as he provides you with a look at the anatomy and physiology of each of these sensory systems and shows how the brain uses them to produce what we call being human.
Presents sensory receptors that depend on contact with the immediate world: taste buds, touch sensors, and olfactory cells. These receptors lie in the skin, the largest organ of the body, which also senses heat, pain, and pressure. Re-creates the complex world of the skin through realistic models and photographs.
This program is devoted to the senses that bring information of more distant events. The camera shows a reckless driver careening down a road—and then takes the viewer inside his eye, where the image of the potential crash site is pictured. The camera enters the ear, showing how the linked bones vibrate in response to a sound, and by using a computer graphic sequence, shows how the eye focuses on an image.
Julie loves the glorious colors associated with the sound of a rooster crowing, while Mandi remembers phone numbers by their hues. Until John read a newspaper article about synesthesia in later life, he thought that everyone saw the days of the week as various shades of blue. In this program, people with synesthesia describe their experiences and perceptions, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of having a condition in which the barriers between the senses are dissolved.
A community is surrounded by a special odor. Everyone sets off to discover what the aroma is. From the Kool Books series narrated by Hector Bonilla.
Students demonstrate the relationship between taste and smell.
What are the different features of each instrument? While attending a concert by the Youth Orchestra of Bariloche, a team analyzes the different scientific and technological aspects related to sound and music. Part of Invisible Science and Technology Surrounding Series.
Explains the names and functions of different parts of the human eye. Shows how the eyes and brain work together to see color and light. Tells how tears help keep eyes clean and healthy. Describes ways that a person's age affects their sight.
Recapitulates and reviews the principal messages of the curriculum as it summarizes the functions and designs of the body's major systems and organs and the methods by which they interact. NOTE: Contains some nudity.
How does sound behave in different environments? A team answers this question by studying the acoustic energy and sound pressure levels of rock band playing in an indoor stadium. They compare their findings to recital taking place at an outdoor venue.
Presents three key biological concepts about sensory responses and tropisms: the eye, nervous system responses, and plant tropisms. Each concept is illustrated with a variety of experiments and computer animation to illuminate what is happening both visibly and at the molecular level. NOTE: Dissects a horse's eye to identify functions of each part.
Storyteller Heather Forest uses song, pantomime, games, and discussion to introduce young students to the human body. Talks about key body parts and how they move; how the heart, lungs, and brain keep the body running; how the bones, joints, and muscles hold the body up and help it move; and how our senses help us enjoy the world. Introduces principles of healthy eating, daily exercise, and adequate rest.
Explores how eyes work and how eyes help us understand the world. Explains how safe behaviors and healthy habits can prevent illness and injury to eyes. Discusses what to expect from an eye examination and other eye tests. Talks about how visually impaired children walk with a white cane and read Braille.
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