Thursday, August 22, 2013

Enhance Your Senses?

You’ve likely known about the “senses” since early childhood. By adulthood, you may also have been aware that the senses are often discussed within the framework of three main sensory systems: Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic. All communication is believed to occur through the senses. A Scientific American article by Melinda Wenner Moyer was titled:  entitled Brain Implant Could Enhance Our Senses.” Findings from an experiment using six trained rats suggests it might be possible to expand your sensory boundaries. A Duke University neurobiologist, Miguel Nicolelis, and colleagues (using brain implants—in the rats, not in the reseachers!) were able to teach rats to see infrared light, which rats usually cannot “see.”  The findings also suggest that the human brain can handle an expanded sensory repertoire. Some day you may be able to see, hear, touch and smell what you cannot today.

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