Anomalies 3 - Placebos and pain
Professor Irene Tracey explains the placebo effect and how it is a normal part of our pain system.
Although it is understood why we have pain – to tell us we are hurt and as a reminder not to do something again – it is not totally understood how the pain system works and how it affects individuals.
Learn more about the human sense of touch
You experience a lot through touch - you know when things are cold or hot, hard or soft. Follow the link to find out more about what makes materials feel so different!
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Senses 1 - When the senses collide
Can sounds change how things taste? How can we alter our experiences by taking advantage of how our senses mingle?
Learn more about animal senses
Can you name all 5 of your senses? We'll give you a hint - you're using one of them to read this! Follow the link below to find out more about how you use your senses, and why other animals do things differently...
I first became interested in neuroscience as an undergraduate student. I discovered a lecture called “Introduction to Neurophysiology” and was completely swept away. The lecturer was a huge advocate for hands-on, lab-based tutorials which meant that I was learning how to do electrophysiology recordings from actual neurons in the first week of...
Anomalies 1 - Tinnitus
Researcher Joshua Gold explains a condition called tinnitus, most often described as a persistent and annoying sound in one or both ears.
Tinnitus is surprisingly common, with about 10% of population suffering from it at some point in their lives, and yet it is poorly understood and there is currently no cure.
Can we make a sensor that can match a sniffer dog?
When it comes to sensing potentially-dangerous vapours, sniffer dogs are still considered the gold standard. In this animation we learn about chemiresistive sensors, a new type of sensor that may be able to match the noses of our furry friends.
Gastrophysics: The new science of multisensory dining
Professor Charles Spence from the Department of Experimental Psychology researches the science behind “multisensory illusions” and “multisensory perception”. In this fascinating talk at the Museum he explores the rapidly developing field of gastrophysics; how soundscapes and music come together with taste to make the whole experience more...
Do all lions sound the same?
If you've ever been lucky enough to hear a lion roar (whether that's at the zoo or in the wild - hopefully at a safe distance!), you'll know that it's a truly bone-shaking experience. But do lions have a unique roar, or do they all sound the same? How could knowing this help with conservation efforts? Join us for this episode of the Big...
Does love have a scent?
Love is in the air - or is it? Companies are advertising that they can find you love through the power of scent! But are pheromones a chemical way to find your true love? Or is it just a myth?
In this episode of the Oxford Sparks Big Questions podcast we are looking at the science behind love at first smell and asking does love have a...