Sensational : A New Story of our Senses



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Author: Ward, Ashley

Popular science

Published on 4 January 2024 by Profile Books Ltd in the United Kingdom.

Paperback | 320 pages
129 x 199 x 22 | 258g

'A future classic of popular science' Mail on Sunday'A dazzling account' Financial Times'Absorbing, surprising and at times profound. After reading this, reality will never be quite the same' Dave GoulsonOur senses are how we navigate the world: they help us recognise the expressions on a loved one's face, know whether fruit is ripe by its smell, or even sense a storm approaching through a sudden drop in air pressure. It's now believed that we may have as many as fifty-three senses - and we're just beginning to expand our knowledge of this incredibly extensive palette.

Sensational is a mind-bending look at how our brains shape our experience of the world, marshalling the latest discoveries in science to explore the dazzling eyesight of the mantis shrimp, the rich inner lives of krill, and the baffling link between geomagnetic fields and canine bowel movements. Blending biology and neuroscience, Ward reveals that understanding our senses may hold the key to understanding the origins of human behaviour - from why we kiss to our varied music tastes.