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Microbial Study Reveals Sophisticated Sensory Response
August 1, 2011
All biological sensory systems, including the five human senses, have something in common: When exposed to a sustained change in sensory input, the sense eventually acclimates and notices subsequent changes without comparing them with the initial condition. This autonomous tuning of perceptions, known as sensory adaptation, has been recognized for more than a century.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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