Segments in this Video

Sense of Touch (06:45)


Dr. James Teh studies how senses allow people to experience the world, especially touch. He developed a T-vest which simulates touch and calms anxiety. People with sensory processing disorders especially benefit from a calming sensation.

T-Vest (06:04)

Teh invented a vest which provides deep pressure therapy, similar to a hug from a loved one, communicating love and assurance. The feeling is calming, and provides patients with a sensation to focus on. The pressure sends signals to the dorsal column, overriding feelings of discomfort such as anxiety.

Repairing Eyesight (03:27)

A genetic condition that breaks down retina cells caused Larry Hessler to go blind. Dr. Paul Hahn surgically implanted the Argus II, a prosthetic that stimulates the retina, which sends light signals to the brain. A small camera on glasses connects to the microchips on the implant.

Simulating Taste (04:59)

Dr. Nimesha Ranasinghe explains that as a pleasurable sensation, taste motivates humans to obtain nutrition for the body. Each of the 10,000 taste buds can detect 5 different categories of tastes. For people with diminished sense of taste, malnutrition can be a concern, so Ranasinghe developed a digital spoon and water bottle to simulate tastes.

Credits: It's Making Sense (00:24)

Credits: It's Making Sense

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Our sense of touch, taste, and sight help us live meaningful lives, but what would happen if we lost them? Can new inventions mimic the functions of the human senses?

Length: 22 minutes

Item#: FPT154365

ISBN: 978-1-64347-950-7

Copyright date: ©2017

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