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

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

by John M. Henshaw
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A Tour of the Senses: How Your Brain Interprets the World by John M. Henshaw

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421404363
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 01/17/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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.

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S_A_Merritt More than 1 year ago
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.