EDUCATION: Sense and Sensitivity

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Science  17 Jun 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5729, pp. 1721
DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5729.1721c

This tutorial from Tutis Vilis of the University of Western Ontario in Canada offers 12 animated chapters on the basics of vision, hearing, and the other senses, along with topics such as memory. Students can probe the workings of the vestibular system in the inner ear, which maintains our balance, or learn how receptors in the skin transform pressure into the sensation of being touched. The chapters also include exercises demonstrating concepts such as working memory, the mental scratch pad for temporarily storing information.

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