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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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.
Learn more about human sight
As you read this, you currently have lots and lots of light waves entering your eyes. But how can a picture trick your eyesite? Follow the link below to find out more about our most important sense!
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.
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?
How do you measure pain?
We all feel pain differently. What to one person may be the worst pain in the world, might be a mild irritation to another person; but why? At the moment, we don’t have a thorough understanding of how pain is processed, meaning it is difficult to devise treatments for chronic (long-term) pain.
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...
I’ve always been interested in combining physics and chemistry, and in the area of small scale phenomena where physics and chemistry meet. I did my undergraduate at University College Utrecht (Utrecht University, the Netherlands), where I focussed on physics and chemistry. I then did a masters in the physics of nanomaterials at Utrecht...