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Making Sense of Your World (Virginia Science Festival 2015)

  • When September 26 , 2015, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where Taubman Museum of Art
    110 Salem Avenue, SE, Roanoke, VA 24011

How does your body recognize what is happening in your environment? In this special interactive exhibit, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine students will join Dr. Helena Carvalho in demonstrating the special senses.

Sight. Humans are visual creatures, and the sighted acquire most information about the world through vision. The brain and eyes work together to recreate images, but variations in light and contrasting patterns can create optical illusions that trick the visual system.

Sound. The auditory system does more than detect sound vibration; with ears on either side of the head, the hearing can identify the location of those sounds.

Taste and smell. The gustatory and olfactory systems are closely linked, which is why we often can’t taste food when we’re congested with a cold. Our sense of smell is far more important than merely improving our sense of taste, however. It also warns us of potential dangers by detecting burning odors and spoiled food. Smell also evokes memories and emotions.

Touch. The sense of touch is far broader than the use of fingertips to feel things, which is why we don’t allude to only five senses. Our skin helps us to recognize differences in temperature, vibrations, texture, pressure, and pain.

Additional details

This is a free event. The host is David Trinkle, MD. For more information, please call 540-526-2300, or send an e-mail.

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