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accuracy, birth, climbing, cluster, delight, par, percent, series, sheltered, worse

Amazing Facts About Your Senses

Sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell: Our five senses are what help us make, well, sense of the world around us. But scientists are still discovering how they workand how you can sharpen yours. Read on for a comprehensive look at the new science of your senses.

source: PARADE


The human eye is an exceptional tool for gathering light; it can distinguish among 500 shades of gray and spot the light of a candle 14 miles away. But for all the eye’s extraordinary ability, seeing is a function of the brainhumansvisual cortex is more developed than that of any other mammal. Vision demands that the brain differentiate foreground from background, and edges from linesskills that even the world’s most powerful computers have been unable to match. Your brain makes sense of shapes and symbols by putting them together like a jigsaw puzzle, organizing fragments into a coherent whole. (Movies work because the brain stitches a ­series of frames into an unbroken stream.) We develop this ability as infantswhich explains why patients who grew up blind but have had their sight restored often struggle to understand what they are seeing: Their brains can’t initially distinguish an object from its background, or accurately separate two over­lapping objects. (A chair and desk would be perceived as a single flat image, like an abstract painting made of rectangles.) Optical illusions work by exploiting the mind’s tendency to try to find order in patternsa face in the pockmarks on a cement wallor make sense of an impossible image, like the endless climbing staircase in an Escher drawing.

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 abstract中級[形容詞] 抽象的; [名詞] 摘要
 accurately中級accurate(準確的) 的衍生的副詞
 amazing中級[形容詞] 驚人的,令人吃驚的; amaze(使大為驚奇) 的現在分詞
 background中級[名詞] 背景
 cement中級[動詞] 黏緊,黏牢; [名詞] 水泥
 climbing中級climb(爬;攀登) 的現在分詞; [名詞] 攀登
 coherent中高級[形容詞] 一致的;條理清楚的;連貫的
 comprehensive中高級[形容詞] 廣泛的;綜合的; [名詞] 專業綜合測驗;總考
 demands中級demand(要求,請求) 的第三人稱單數現在式; demand(要求,請求) 的複數
 developed中高級[形容詞] (國家、地區)發達的;先進的;成熟的; develop(發展) 的過去式及過去分詞
 differentiate中高級[動詞] 構成差別;區分
 distinguish中級[動詞] 區別;識別
 drawing中級draw(畫;繪製;描寫) 的現在分詞; [名詞] 描繪,素描;製圖;抽籤;提款
 endless中高級[形容詞] 無盡的;不斷的; end(盡頭;結局) 的衍生的形容詞
 even中級[形容詞] 均勻的;偶數的;平手的; [動詞] 使平坦;弄平;使相等; [副詞] 即使
 exceptional中級[形容詞] 例外的;異常的;特殊的
 exploiting中級exploit(開發,開採,開拓) 的現在分詞
 extraordinary中級[形容詞] 異常的;特別的
 fragments中高級fragment(使成碎片) 的第三人稱單數現在式; fragment(碎片;斷片) 的複數
 frames中級frame(給...裝框子) 的第三人稱單數現在式; frame(骨架;結構) 的複數
 gathering中高級gather(集合) 的現在分詞; [名詞] 集會,聚集
 hearing中高級hear(聽見) 的現在分詞; [名詞] 聽;聽力;聽覺;審訊;意見聽取會
 illusions中高級illusion(錯覺;假象;幻想) 的複數
 infants中級infant(嬰兒) 的複數
 initially中級initial(開始的,最初的) 的衍生的副詞; [副詞] 最初;開頭
 mammal中高級[名詞] 哺乳動物
 optical中高級[形容詞] 眼睛的;視力的;光學的
 perceived中高級perceive(察覺;感知;意識到) 的過去式及過去分詞
 putting中高級putt(推球入洞;輕擊球) 的現在分詞; put(放置) 的現在分詞
 restored中級restore(恢復) 的過去式及過去分詞
 series中級[名詞] 連續;系列
 shades中級shade(遮蔽,蔽蔭) 的第三人稱單數現在式; shade(蔭;陰涼處;陰暗) 的複數
 sharpen中級[動詞] 削尖,磨快
 staircase中級[名詞] 樓梯;樓梯間
 still中高級[形容詞] 靜止的; [動詞] 使平靜;止住; [副詞] 仍然; [名詞] 靜物畫;寂靜; 蒸餾室
 stitches中級stitch(縫;繡;編結) 的第三人稱單數現在式; stitch(一針;(縫合傷口的)針線;針法) 的複數
 tendency中級[名詞] 傾向;癖性
 unable中級[形容詞] 不能的,不會的
 up中高級[形容詞] 向上的;上行的; [動詞] 提高;增加;舉起;突然站起; up(提高;增加;舉起;突然站起) 的過去式及過去分詞; [副詞] 向上; [介系詞] 向...上; [名詞] 上升;走運
 vision中級[名詞] 視力;視覺;洞察力
 visual中級[形容詞] 視力的;光學的
 well中級[形容詞] 健康的; [副詞] 很好地;充分地; [感歎詞] 啊;那麼; [名詞] 井,水井;採光井;通風井