Senses Re-Wired

KS1-4
Duration 30 minutes KS1 / 45 minutes all other key stages

We trust what our senses tell us, but to what degree are they simply confirming mental models of the world we already hold? We know that the idea of our five senses is a myth, with some neuroscientists now recognising as many as 33, and some living things even able to detect things we can’t – such as UV, infra-red and magnetic fields. As we learn more and more about how our brain can can adapt and blend sensory information, we are seeing technology help us re-train our brains to open new windows on the world around us, such as seeing with our tongues. 

Audience

KS1 / KS2 / KS3 / KS4

Activity

Science shows