A Tour of the Senses: How Your Brain Interprets the World

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Ever wonder why some people have difficulty recognizing faces or why food found delicious in one culture is reviled in another? John M. Henshaw ponders these and other surprising facts in this fascinating and fast-paced tour of the senses.

From when stimuli first excite our senses to the near-miraculous sense organs themselves to the mystery of how our brain interprets senses, Henshaw explains the complex phenomena of how we see, feel, taste, touch, and smell. He takes us ...

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Overview

Ever wonder why some people have difficulty recognizing faces or why food found delicious in one culture is reviled in another? John M. Henshaw ponders these and other surprising facts in this fascinating and fast-paced tour of the senses.

From when stimuli first excite our senses to the near-miraculous sense organs themselves to the mystery of how our brain interprets senses, Henshaw explains the complex phenomena of how we see, feel, taste, touch, and smell. He takes us through the rich history of sensory perception, dating back to Aristotle’s classification of the five main senses, and helps us understand the science and technology behind sensory research today.

A Tour of the Senses travels beyond our human senses. Henshaw describes artificial sensing technologies and instruments, unusual sensory abilities of the animal kingdom, and techniques for improving, rehabilitating, and even replacing sense organs.

This entertaining introduction to sensory science is a clever mix of research findings and real-world stories that helps us understand the complex processes that turn sensory stimuli into sophisticated brain responses.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

MAA Reviews
Well written, entertaining, and informative.
Tulsa World
Henshaw has a remarkable ability to explain complex mathematics in a manner accessible to general readers.
PsycCRITIQUES
It is easy to read, and Henshaw has a pleasant style of throwing himself into the action.
Midwest Book Review
A fine guide recommended for health and science general-interest collections.
Choice

When Henshaw told a casual acquaintance that he was writing a book about the senses, the response was 'The five senses?' He was quick to reply that there are more than five, and one goal of this book is to convince the reader that that is the case... One of the pluses of this book is its conversational tone and the use of anecdotes and examples.

Science News
A blend of research findings and real-world anecdotes about people's sensory experiences enlivens this historical view of the science behind perception.
The Biologist
This is an interesting book–an ideal gift for young biologists.

— Alan Cadogan

American Journal of Human Biology
A Tour of the Senses is a fun book, which may be of interest to anyone who's ever wondered how the eye or ear works.

— Matthew R. Longo

The Biologist - Alan Cadogan
This is an interesting book–an ideal gift for young biologists.
American Journal of Human Biology - Matthew R. Longo
A Tour of the Senses is a fun book, which may be of interest to anyone who's ever wondered how the eye or ear works.
Choice
When Henshaw told a casual acquaintance that he was writing a book about the senses, the response was 'The five senses?' He was quick to reply that there are more than five, and one goal of this book is to convince the reader that that is the case... One of the pluses of this book is its conversational tone and the use of anecdotes and examples.
Tulsa World

Henshaw has a remarkable ability to explain complex mathematics in a manner accessible to general readers.

PsycCRITIQUES

It is easy to read, and Henshaw has a pleasant style of throwing himself into the action.

MAA Reviews

Well written, entertaining, and informative.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421404363
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 560,055
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John M. Henshaw is the Harry H. Rogers Professor of Mechanical Engineering and chair of the Department of Engineering at the University of Tulsa. He is the author of Does Measurement Measure Up? How Numbers Reveal and Conceal the Truth, also published by Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 Stimulus 19

Chapter 1 Electromagnetic Stimuli 21

Chapter 2 Chemical Stimuli 39

Chapter 3 Mechanical Stimuli 48

Chapter 4 The Science of Sensation 67

Part 2 Sensation 75

Chapter 5 Vision 79

Chapter 6 The Chemical Senses 109

Chapter 7 The Mechanical Senses 136

Part 3 Perception 185

Chapter 8 Remembering the Present 189

Chapter 9 Perception and Culture 233

Chapter 10 Perception and Education 245

Bibliography 255

Index 265

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    See, hear, smell, taste... Read!

    An experienced professor with a rare combination of expertise and friendliness, Dr. Henshaw has the ability to convey an understanding of difficult technical concepts with his easy-to-follow teaching style. As with his previous book, Does Measurement Measure Up?, I can "hear" his voice in his writing.

    This engaging journey is full of fascinating information about each of the senses (spoiler alert: there are more than five). Our guide progresses through three categories: stimulus (what we detect with our senses), sensation (how our bodies are equipped to receive different kinds of information), and perception (how we comprehend what we sense). Along the way, Dr. Henshaw demonstrates parallels within the animal kingdom, physics, sports, technology, and the happenings of everyday life. His examples bring to mind personal experiences and spark interest in new topics. My bookmark is scribbled with notes!

    I always savor a story that makes me think and makes me laugh, and A Tour of the Senses achieved both. In this case, my family probably got a few chuckles, too, as they watched me shake my head, stretch out my arm (book in hand), or cover one eye in an attempt to perform some of the physical illustrations! I recommend reading this book for fresh insight into the senses we all use to enjoy life—but often fail to appreciate.

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