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Senses Series - Touch

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Cultures +3 Age Level N/A

How do we experience the sense of touch? This collection explores the variety of human and animal touch experiences. From the characteristics of a variety of objects, to a video which examines the touch experience of tortoises and pandas... we all experience touch differently. Background information from the website Neuroscience for Kids provides touch experiments; an examination of pain and why it hurts, and the functionality of the body's largest organ—the skin. The collection concludes with a cross-cultural examination of touch from Tibetan monks' Buddhist perspective. How might their experience of touch differ from your own?

Based on exhibition project work through Science for Monks and The World of Your Senses Exhibition (2010).

Untitled (Will), from the Untitled Portfolio

Smithsonian American Art Museum


Smithsonian American Art Museum

Raw Cotton

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Coffee Urn

National Museum of American History

Coral, White: from Coral Sea n.d

National Anthropological Archives

Baseball signed by the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers team

National Museum of African American History and Culture


Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Flame over Himalayas

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Image of Hindenburg Airship Aloft and in Flames

National Museum of American History

U.S. Airways Feel the Miles

National Air and Space Museum

What Does Panda Fur Feel Like?

Smithsonian Channel

Sense of Touch - Science Perspective

Science for Monks and Nuns