Posted: December 24th, 2016

What is adaptation?

Fill 3 medium sized bowls with (a) very hot (but not painfully so) tap water, (b) very cold tap water, and (c) a mixture of the very hot and very cold water. Arrange them, so your right hand is in front of the cold water, your left hand is in front of the hot water, and the lukewarm water is in the middle. Submerse your hands into the water (right into cold, left into hot) for about 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, quickly transfer both hands to the lukewarm (middle) bowl. What did you sense?
In all four experiments, you will experience Sensory adaptation.
Fully describe the process and results of each experiment.
What is adaptation? Explain adaptation as discussed in the text, not as a general dictionary definition.

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