Our sense of touch lets us know how hard or soft something is, how solid or pliable it is to handle. That's an important skill if you want robots to handle things safely.
New research involving temporary 'finger amputations’ raises hope for more effective stroke rehabilitation.
As we get older, the way we experience taste can change drastically – but it's not all down to one sense.
Would you rather lose your sense of touch or your vision? Here are the pros and cons of each, according to science.
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.
Synaesthesia – a rare experience where the senses merge – comes in many different forms.
People have wondered for years and scientists still don't know for sure.
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?
They engage with your senses and subconscious.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scientists have long struggled to explain what actually causes the sensation of itching – now we know what to blame.
The world outside the womb is full of new sensations for a newborn. New research is explaining how they navigate it.
New research couldn't find evidence for a controversial theory of how our sense of smell works.