Ted Radio Hour: The Five Senses

On this week's show, Feb 5th, TED speakers explore how our brains make sense of sensation, and how our minds manufacture “reality.”

The five senses shape all our experience, but we still don’t fully understand them. This episode,TED speakers explore how our brains make sense of sensation, and how our minds manufacture “reality.”

 

When astronomer Wanda Diaz Merced lost her eyesight, she thought she'd never succeed in astronomy. Eventually, she discovered a way to hear the stars.

Scientists have long believed we have just five tastes - salty, sweet, bitter, sour and umami (or savory). Geneticist Nicole Garneau argues we might be able to taste a sixth -- fat.

Isaac Lidsky lost his sight by age 25. Now, he says, losing his eyesight was a blessing -- because it taught him that he is in control of his own reality.

Scientists have only started to understand how smell works in the past thirty years or so says zoologist Tristram Wyatt. He explains what we know so far

Neuroscientist David Linden thinks that of the five senses, touch is the most overlooked, and perhaps the most important for promoting psychological health.