A new exploration on our senses!

14 Jan

Followed our weekly challenge, Exploring 5 Senses, the deprivation of sense can give you some new consideration to ponder on, but the experience and the process of going through are more fun. Here are some experiences and facts I’ve found on the net. There are many other examples out there, if you know any, please don’t hesitate to share and post it on the comments!

Let’s begin with the sense which takes 80% of our brain space on sensorial feeling. This sense is so strong it can affect other senses, ie. nice presented food seems to taste better?


Do you know we all have a blind sport? Try out this amazing experience. (Note use ctrl + sroll to make the image bigger)

Classic experience: Be blindfolded for 30 minutes and try to walk in your home with the help of a mate.


Let’s begin with an interresting fact.

In Washington DS, at Metra Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, a man with violin played six bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After about four minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seoncds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule. About four minutes later, the violinisht received his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk. At six minutes, a young man leaned against the wall to listen to hum, then looked at his watch and started to walk again. Several child stopped to listen but each time their mother tugged their child along hurriedly. Every parent without exception forced their children to move on quickly. At forty-five minutes: The musician played coutinuously. Only six people stopped and listened for a short while. About twenty gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32. After one hour: He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all, No one know this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intrcate peices ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats average $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music. This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Matro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about percption, taste and people’s priorities. This experiment raised several questions: In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? If so, do we stop to appreciate it?


Each part of the tongue “taste” different try to put some lemon at the bottom of beging of the tongue and check out if the taste is the same.


[geek] Every other sensory system has own signals which go through the thalamus and ask permission to connect to the rest of the brain, including the higher levels where perception occurs. But not the nerves carrying ‘smell’ information which go to the amygdala directly. One of the role of the amygdala is to supervises the memory of emotional experiences. [/geek]

So smell directly stimulates emotions. It is for that some shops use smell to induce the customers to buy more and it’s working. Next time when visiting the cinema, be aware of the popcorn smell, does it make you hungry or want to eat something?

For the challenge, try out to smell some perfum or particular smells and pay attention to your feeling.


Some part of your skin are more sensitive than other when in contact. Ask a friend to gently poke you with a pen in your back, feet, lips, finger several times. You may see that some part of skin feel much less than the other parts. For example, our lips are more sensitive than our fingers. It evidences why baby puts lot of new objects in the mouth.


Posted by on January 14, 2012 in Thoughts


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