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What is sensory adaptation? How does it occur within the various senses? What function does sensory adaptation serve?
What is sensory adaptation? How does it occur within the various senses? What function does sensory adaptation serve? Provide a relevant example which illustrates your point.
Prolonged exposures to various wavelength and stimulus, a process that makes changes, with sensitivity of sensory receptors. This is an occurrence that is a direct relation to the stimulus. Our bodies as humans have ways of adjusting to the constant stimuli we receive, our sensitivity to this stimuli adapts by matching those responses that are coming from the environment surrounding it. This process is said to affect all our senses to an extent we should be able to experience this depending, for instance smokers no longer realize the smell that lingers after having puffed on a cigarette. The same could be said about our taste buds, when we season food to much or use an incorrect measurement our taste senses are operating to the fullest. Our sight, also reacts to differences in illumination. By noticing reactions like a room starting to light up after you have walked into a room that is badly lit. Our brains become used to particular stimulus, meaning that because there is a constant stimulus being picked up by a number of senses that receptors inevitably change their ranges of sensitivity. Its purpose is to also reduce our awareness to a stimulus, by allowing our attention to be spread between more than one stimuli in the environment surrounding us at one time. Receptors have the ability to increase or decrease their ability to respond in certain environments. An instance that illustrates this; there is a scene in one of my favorite programs named Downton Abbey where one of the cooks in the home buys goods from an ex employ at a decent rate, this is a big deal since it is set in war world I. Sugar, and cocoa were definitely scarce as ingredients. They bake a magnificent looking cake, and as soon as they go to taste it they realize that they have been robbed immediately realizing the taste of the cake was wrong.