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Our Senses

The five sensory ‘gatekeepers’ of our bodies – taste, smell, touch, sight and hearing – help us survive.

Every day, our ears, nose, tongue, eyes and skin are constantly bombarded with massive amounts of information from the environment around us that must be processed and responded to.

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Sensory scientists

Dr Sara Jaeger

Science Ideas & Concepts

Dr Richard Newcomb

Body systems

Teaching & Learning Approaches

Sight

Colour and taste

Human hearing

Mystery box

Smell

Saliva, smell and taste

Taste

Two-point discrimination

Touch

Sci Media Animation

Looking Closer

Taste animation

Sensing food

Sci Media Videos

 

How the eye works

 

The eye's lens system

Our senses constantly provide us with information, and these five sensory ‘gatekeepers’ of our bodies – taste, smell, touch, sight and hearing – help us survive.

This science story looks at the structure and function of our senses, and how this improves our ability to grow, reproduce and survive.

An interactive game where the senses are put to the test.
www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/interactives/senseschallengeexternal link

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