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How Does Touch Connect to our Brain (03:09)


Touch influences sensation, movement, and thought process; it affects both brain regions on conscious and unconscious levels. Friendly touch releases oxytocin. Fact: babies lose half their neurons before birth.

Tactile Illusions (03:10)

Our sense of touch has five mechanisms that register pain, heat, cold, pressure, and physical contact. Try the Aristotle Illusion. Fact: the human cerebellum weights about 150 grams.

Size-Weight Illusion (03:10)

Augustin Charpentier was the first to demonstrate the illusion; see several examples of contrast with an object's expected weight. Fact: you have taste receptors in several organs.

Distinguishing Hot and Cold (03:10)

Thermoreceptors are sensitive to temperature changes; nociceptors detect those that can be dangerous. Lindstedt discovered the thermal grill illusion. Fact: scratching releases endorphins.

What is Phantom Limb? (03:10)

Phantom limb is the sensation that a missing limb or organ is still attached and moving normally. Try the phantom limb illusion. Fact: the brain has no sense of pain.

What is Vertigo? (03:10)

Vertigo, the sensation of spinning or moving, happens as a result of brain signal conflicts. Learn the four systems that maintain balance and orientation, and vertigo symptoms. Fact: short-term memory stores a maximum of seven digits.

Multisensory Integration (03:44)

Multisensory integration reveals how our nervous system integrates different senses; see examples. Visual modality is more biased than our other senses. Review the sense of touch.

Credits: Illusions of Touch (00:20)

Credits: Illusions of Touch

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Illusions of Touch

Part of the Series : MINDWORKS
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Rough, soft, smooth, cold, or warm. We encounter so many different textures and sensations on a daily basis. Our sense of touch is able to recognize a lot of things, even when we don’t use our eyes. But how does touch connect to our brain? FMRI studies show, that touch has a wide impact on the brain. It influences our sensations, movements, and thought processes, as well as our ability to learn new movements.

Length: 25 minutes

Item#: BVL74619

ISBN: 978-1-60057-729-1

Copyright date: ©2014

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