Our senses an immersive experience amnh
Our Senses: An Immersive Experience by Robert DeSalleA lively and unconventional exploration of our senses, how they work, what is revealed when they don’t, and how they connect us to the world
Over the past decade neuroscience has uncovered a wealth of new information about our senses and how they serve as our gateway to the world. This splendidly accessible book explores the most intriguing findings of this research. With infectious enthusiasm, Rob DeSalle illuminates not only how we see, hear, smell, touch, taste, maintain balance, feel pain, and rely on other less familiar senses, but also how these senses shape our perception of the world aesthetically, artistically, and musically.
DeSalle first examines the question of how perception and consciousness are formed in the brain, setting human senses in an evolutionary context. He then investigates such varied themes as supersenses and diminished senses, synesthesia and other cross-sensory phenomena, hemispheric specialization, diseases, anomalies induced by brain injuries, and hallucinations. Focusing on what is revealed about our senses through the extraordinary, he provides unparalleled insights into the unique wonders of the human brain.
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Our Senses: An Immersive Experience
The room whirlpool of perceptual delights is a completely novel experience in sensory perception. In it you will experience the five senses not only as a human, but also as animals with different sensory domains. You will see in infra-red like a snake and in ultra-violet like a butterfly. The exhibit goes beyond basic sensation and perception to explore the integration of your perceptual systems. In the Balance room, your visual and vestibular systems—one sees light and one detects the direction of gravity as downwards—compete for dominance. Further still, the exhibit explores and explains other aspects of perception that are traditionally not discussed as sensory percepts; though they should be. For example, your eye movements and attention are revealed as critical to your experience of basic visibility, and unified chocolatey odors are revealed as being made up of a miasma of distinct components typically available only to perfumers and wine connoisseurs.
Sorry, full access to our website is available to Only! Become a Member today and get benefits listed below. The highly experiential exhibition Our Senses delves into how our brains work with sensory organs to shape our perceptions. The goal of the exhibition was to explain these concepts in a fun and engaging way that a wide-range of demographics could easily understand. Throughout the exhibition, visitors are guided though concepts in a series of experiential rooms. Interactives allow visitors to see through the eyes of a bee or snake, test their skill at tracking individual sounds, guess ingredients in a complex scent, and experience illusions that make flat surfaces seem rippled.
By Barbara Hoffman. Eleven interactive galleries let you feel, see, hear and smell — exercising every sense except taste, which could get a little sticky. Desalle, the biologist behind the show, says recent breakthroughs in genomics have revealed amazing things about how different species perceive the world. What looks like a field of yellow flowers actually contains gradations of blue, orange, brown and white: the shades butterflies can see as they hunt for nectar, but which are visible to us only with ultraviolet light. Infrared viewers let us see how a snake finds its prey — by zooming in on its body heat. Gallery after gallery shows how our brains help process what our senses try to tell us. Sometimes, the friction between the two can be disorienting: Walking through one room, with white walls and a floor that are painted with black wavy lines, can make your head spin.
Our Senses: An Immersive Experience
The smell of rain, the flashing red of a stoplight, the rough texture of sandpaper: Every day, we are flooded with sights, sounds, tastes and smells; we experience them through our senses, which filter these signals and send them to our brains to help us interpret and navigate the world around us. It takes a hands-on and eyes-on, ears-on and noses-on approach to making visitors better acquainted with the ways in which they use their senses every day. In a series of galleries within the exhibit, digital and mechanical interactives engage the senses and challenge visitors to notice their own sensory powers in action. At the same time, the exhibit reveals how our brains process this barrage of data, and explains how our senses measure up to those of other animals — and how they help to define what makes us human. How many senses do we have?