Human Senses

Human Senses

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The Human SensesNearly everyone has experienced a moment when a faint fragrance brings a memory of a long-lost moment in time crashing back to the forefront of their minds.Often we will have forgotten about the event completely, yet it transpires our unfathomable minds have filed it neatly in some unreachable corner of the brain, primed for instant retrieval.

Nigel Marven goes in search of the most disgusting and the most attractive smells, sets out to discover why we are excellent at seeing some things, but sometimes miss what’s right in front of our eyes, the biological reasons why humans eat such a diverse range of foods, from rotten raw ducks eggs to a sweaty blue cheese, demonstrates that when it comes to our sense of touch humans are similar to elephants, tracks down the sounds which have the most powerful emotional effects on us and joins stunt co-ordinator Marc Cass for a dramatic drive and experiences how the balance organs let us know how we’re being yanked around and even turned upside down.

Humans’ real specialty is checking each other out. We’re so good at it, we do it without even being aware of it. With the help of the latest eye-tracking technology and scientists from Sussex University, we show some unsuspecting volunteers what their eyes really get up to. We are also very skilled at gauging depth and distance. Nigel discovers how top baseball players manage to track a ball coming towards them at high speed. This skill is an extreme example of the basic hand/eye co-ordination that we all acquire as we grow up.

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9 years ago

they always zoom in on the food going right into the mouth in programmes , brill documentary though

11 years ago

lol cool doco, i was expecting a little more from it to be honest. Like how drugs alter the senses and maybe how our senses adapt in stressful situations etc but I still learnt a few things! And I even spotted the gorilla sitting on the sidewalk when the bike rode by! (but really thats coz I was bored of that part and was looking around anyway lol)

12 years ago

im curious to know how different drugs alter our senses, but i can see why they wouldnt have included that in this doc

12 years ago

middle doc isnt working, but the other two were very informative and insightful

12 years ago

Undoubtedly this documentary is worth to watch.

13 years ago

I really enjoyed this! Very interesting. I laughed so hard when that man was huffing on the dookie smell and making noises. lol

13 years ago

So many things bundled into one fascinating documentary. This was just so amazing to say the least.

13 years ago

I missed the gorilla :P

13 years ago

Don't miss the gorilla!
well done!

13 years ago

Great Documentaries! Are there any more? :( haha

Nonika Jorgensen
13 years ago

Absolutely fascinating! It puts many things into perspective...

Charles B.
13 years ago

This was really very good! I really liked them all.