Do you have a magnetic compass in your head?
Your brain's sensory talents go way beyond those traditional five senses. A team of geoscientists and neurobiologists explored how the human brain monitors and responds to magnetic fields.
Blind people don't have superhuman ears but their brains can rewire themselves to give them an edge over those who can see.
Print advertising increasingly makes use of linguistic and visual syneasthesia to create multisensory experiences.
Sensorium Tests, 2012, 16mm film, 10 minutes.
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Synaesthesia – a rare experience where the senses merge – comes in many different forms.
Knismesis occurs from a light touch, like a feather touching you and can happen on the skin anywhere on the body.
People have wondered for years and scientists still don't know for sure.
Today’s sharks are known to use electroreception to find their prey.
Many living vertebrates have the ability to detect electric fields, especially in other animals when hunting. But what can the fossil record tell us about the origins of this sensory system?
See it, touch it, smell it, buy it.
They engage with your senses and subconscious.
It’s time to stop being sniffy about the human sense of smell.
Move over, dogs. The latest evidence suggests humans can match most other animals when it comes to smelling – and even outperform them for certain scents.
When Charles Foster wanted to open his senses to the world he took to the woods.
What makes your brain go all-in on what it thinks you’re seeing?
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How does your brain deal with the ambiguous and variable visual information your eyes collect? Neuroscientists think it bets on what's the most likely version of reality.
Technology is catching up with dogs – and has additional advantages.
New research is narrowing the gap, creating technology with the detecting capabilities of canines but without the downsides of relying on a biological system.
Nearly everyone can't tickle themselves and it's all to do with how our brains see and perceive movement.
Humidity levels can mean life or death for insects.
Detecting drier or wetter conditions is crucial for insect survival. We've long known they can do this – now researchers have discovered the genetic and neural basis for their humidity-sensing system.
Why does some kind of light touch make us want to scratch?
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Scientists have long struggled to explain what actually causes the sensation of itching – now we know what to blame.
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The world outside the womb is full of new sensations for a newborn. New research is explaining how they navigate it.
Smells good – but how does it work?
New research couldn't find evidence for a controversial theory of how our sense of smell works.
Our brain puts us on the map.
If you have taken a walk and would like to return home you need to have an idea of where you are in relation to your destination. To do this, you need to know which way you are facing and also in which…
A species of catfish locates its prey by sensing tiny changes in seawater pH. John Caprio from Louisiana State University…
“Give me some skin! No, really.”
Once a topic explored exclusively in science fiction, the notion of restoring sensory feelings to humans and to machines is now approaching reality. Scientists around the world are developing artificial…
Gentle physical contact activates a special type of nerve cell linked to emotion.
A soft and tender caress between two people can trigger a flood of emotions, and now we may have some idea why. Research [published in Neuron](http://www.cell.com/neuron/abstract/S0896-6273(14%2900387-0…