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Seeing, Hearing, and Smelling the World

Seeing, Hearing, and Smelling the World

This site offers much information on the five senses and how they effect human development. The information is clear, catchy to the eye, and well explained.
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Jack Jamison
Jack Jamison (Student)
7 weeks ago
How do the senses shape human experience, and how does history shape sensorial experience? According to Smith, historians, anthropologists, art historians, and sociologists have answered this question principally by studying vision: Ever since Marshall McLuhan’s “great divide” theory, which linked the modem era with the visual era, and posited a lost aural/oral moment that faded with the invention of the printing press, the visual has taken a central role in sensory history. Scholars have written volumes on how and what people see, the power of sight and the ability to control it, and the ubiquity of surveillance. But others have begun to challenge this periodization of the “rise” of the visual. Noting that the visual cannot be understood in isolation from the audible, the tactile, the olfactory, and the gustatory, they have worked to integrate these senses into explorations of the experiential past. The point is that “premodern” societies depended on the visual and that “modern” societies felt, heard, tasted, and smelled the world as much as they saw it. As Smith puts it in this masterly extended reflection on these matters, the key to more nuance is “a habit of thinking about the past, an engrained way of exploring not just the role of sight but the other senses too” (4). This book is a survey of the field of sensory history. Smith draws from a growing and unruly collection of work that includes histories of medicine and of music, anthropologies of commodities and of religion, and sociologies of smell and of taste. The volume emphasizes work that diminishes the centrality of visual culture by taking an intersensorial approach. Although his intention is never to dismiss the importance of vision altogether, Smith successfully demonstrates the limitations of a purely visual approach with compelling examples. A sensory history of the supermarket, for example, suggests that although changes in lighting and presentation altered the visual experience of shopping, equally transformative diminutions of sound and invitations to touch and smell produce accompanied them. Disturbing but telling studies situated in the American South have demonstrated the prevalence of theories of “racial smells” in racist ideologies. In another example, the act of touching assumes a historical dimension with shifts in theories of child rearing—from warnings during the 1890s against too much touching to the later re-evaluation of parental caresses as essential to a child’s well-being. Book a taxi Manchester
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Jack Jamison
Jack Jamison (Student)
7 weeks ago
To his credit, Smith points out some shortcomings of the field, which are necessarily replicated in the book. The heavy emphasis on North America and Europe, for instance, is a call to scholars of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean to contribute. But this supposed lack of studies in languages other than English may be overdrawn; Spanish-language scholarship on sound, listening and technology, for instance, is burgeoning. Nonetheless, many of the paradigms drawn from [End Page 559] Europe or North America continue to dominate the study of the senses. The hope is that books like this one will spur work that not only contributes to the geographical scope of the field but also tackles the tough epistemological and methodological issues. This book is important for scholars interested in sensory history and anyone interested in acquiring the habit of sensing the past. Botox clinic Manchester
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MYRIAM ROJAS
MYRIAM ROJAS (Teacher (K-12))
4 years ago
Pienso que nosotros los docentes y nuestros alumnos nos hemos olvidado de lo importante que son nuestros sentidos y por ende cómo percibimos el mundo. Es importante pregunt***** ¿que es lo que más me gunta ver,oir, oler tocar y degustar? para poder conectarnos primero con nosotros mismos y luego con los demás.
Barbra Bied Sperling
12 years ago
This website is very clear and concise. I looked into the biology sub heading
because I am a biology major myself. We actually just covered all of the
sensory tracts and how our senses work. The information I found here was very
accurate and very well explained. The creator took a lot of time to make
something that is a rather complicated topic to be a very simple idea. I was
very impressed by the models along the side of the paragraphs to break of the
description. It also provides more understanding for the visual learners then.
I got a great review for my test on Monday from this site!

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I might try to find more models or pictures or something. It would help to
break up some of the parts that are lots of word descriptions.
Dr. Troy Tenhet
Dr. Troy Tenhet (Faculty)
12 years ago
Nice site. Informative, complete, concise. I will be using this one with some
ideas I have for my evening ESL class. I will post the lessons when I complete
them.I spent about 15 minutes browsing (it's a lot of info!) Should be easy to
use. I will create and post when I get the chance.
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Kimberly Poole
Kimberly Poole (Student)
13 years ago
I spent about a half hour looking over the site and found some very interesting
facts about color blindness that I didn't know about before. The information was
of high content and I would definately recomend this site to others. The site
was also very easy to navigate.
Melissa Maddox
Melissa Maddox (Faculty)
15 years ago
I explored various aspects of this site, beginning with each category and ending
with the hyperlinks provided within the text. I found this site to be very
educational and informative. I beleive that this site would certainly be
beneficial as a tutorial tool. This tool would assist the students in fully
understanding the concepts incorporated within the area of human sensations.

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Overall, this site was very user-friendly.
Shannon Blaylock
Shannon Blaylock (Student)
15 years ago
I was pleased with the content and learned a lot. It gave you examples that
almost anyone could understand and taught you things that you would have never
noticed. It proves how remarkable your senses really are.

Technical Remarks:

I thought that this website was very easy to use. First time users will be very
pleased to see how easily this site can be navigated. I was able to find
information and enjoy what I was reading.
Dawn Astolfi
Dawn Astolfi (Student)
15 years ago
I spent about an hour going through the entire site. I thought it was an
excellent site and it thoroughly explained the details of the senses, in plain
English. I think this would definitely enhance teaching and learning.

Technical Remarks:

The site was very well laid out and extremely simple to use, I would recommend
it.
Rich Humowitz
Rich Humowitz (Student)
15 years ago
I really enjoyed the site, it was very informative without getting too
technical, a good site for the average person with a non-medical background. The
visuals were well done and attention getting. I spent almost an hour looking
around as there was definitely some substance here.

Technical Remarks:

The site was well planned and easy to navigate.
Jason Tomei
Jason Tomei (Student)
15 years ago
I spent about 45 minutes playing around with the visuals and reading the
information. I found it helpful as well as interesting to understand the brains
ability to percieve and understand different visuals, and the way it does. It
would be a good lab exercise I feel for the students to read this and do the
interactions. It presents concepts that are easily confused and makes them easy
to understand in an effective manor.

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I feel that this site could be used by just about anybody interested in this
topic.
Deborah Spencer
Deborah Spencer (Student)
16 years ago
I spent about an hour and a half looking at everything. There was so much
information. It was all interesting and informative.

Technical Remarks:

I think this would be good to use in the classroom. There is alot the children
could learn and it is fun. The software is easy to use.
  Awinyo
Awinyo (Student)
16 years ago
Good site. I learned more about what goes on in the human brain that makes us
behave the way we do.
Kristen Canfield
Kristen Canfield (Student)
16 years ago
I read all the material that interested me, and clicked on any links I thought I
might like to learn more about. The quality was very high. There was lots of
material to read and plenty of information to help one understand and answer any
questions.

Technical Remarks:

This was a great website full of information and great for enhancing teaching
and learning. The material was very easy to use. Its a great website!
Christina Kelley
Christina Kelley (Student)
16 years ago
I think this resource was very informational. it went into great detail on how
each of the five senses effect a person'd development. I spent abotu an hour and
fifteen minutes on this website browsing through the information.I think both
teachers and students could learn from this sight. I don't think alot of people
realize how much we ca be effected by our senses.

Technical Remarks:

i think this website was very easy to use for a first time user. I also think it
was very easy to navigate.
konstantin lukin
konstantin lukin (Student)
16 years ago
This site explains in detail how humans use their five senses. It took me about
an hour and a half to get through all of the information because there was a lot
of it. This site provided an extensive explanation of our five senses and how
they work. This site is broken down into five chapters. Each chapter deals with
a particular sense. In each chapter their is a lot of information pertaining to
it. This site will definetely help you to learn how our body interacts with the
surrouding atmosphere so that our brain uderstands what is going on. Each
chapter goes in depth about what protiens and cycles are used in order for us to
use all of our senses. The information was easy to use and find, but the
information itself was not on a beginners level.
Alisha Clark
Alisha Clark (Student)
16 years ago
I thought that this was a very informative site, and it went into great detail
to explain things, it was very well done.

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I loved the layout of the site, the picutres went very well with the text and it
helped to really bring the whole site together.
Maurice Tucker
Maurice Tucker (Student)
16 years ago
I have seen better sites than this one.It basically tells about the five senses.Informative but not very user friendly.The information is there but you have to look for it.

Technical Remarks:

Technically this website was well put together.
June Tristram
June Tristram (Student)
16 years ago
This is a well organized site that clearly explains the remarkable functions of
the brain.

Technical Remarks:

Simple to navigate.