Sensory Adaptation

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Sensory Adaptation
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Sensory Adaptation
The three experiments I chose to conduct were Experiment 1, Experiment 2, and
Experiment 4. All of the experiments were interesting in their own way. Each experiment had a different outcome but all support adaptation within the experiment.
Beginning experiment 1 I purchased a small piece of very coarse sandpaper at the local hardware store. I began by rubbing my index fingers across the sandpaper a few times. The first time I rated the coarseness high on the scale as an 8 and as the experiment progressed I began to rate the coarseness lower and lower on the one to ten scale. Adaptation is evident in this experiment with every rub of my fingers across the sandpaper it felt less abrasive than the first time. My sense of touch adapted to the rough surface with every swipe of my finger. The results of this experiment surprised me my hypothesis prior to conducting the experiments was that my estimate of the level of coarseness would hover around the same number.
To set up for experiment 2 I prepared one cup of sugar and water mixed together and another cup of fresh water. I took a sip of the sugar water and swished it around my mouth for awhile then spit it out. Afterwards I took a sip of the fresh water and surprisingly enough it tasted sweet still. I was very surprised that the fresh water tasted sweet after I had spit the sugar water out. I was defiantly surprised with the taste of the fresh water. This was another very interesting experiment and the end result was different from my original hypothesis.
Experiment 4 had the largest set up in preparation for the experiment. I began by filling three medium sized bowls with water. The first bowl was filled with very hot water but not so hot that it would hurt to put a finger in. The second bowl was filled…...

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