Proprioception Science for Dolphin Swimmers and Time Travelers


We’ve talked about the senses most people know about – vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch.  This week we learned about another sense, proprioception, and explored how that sense works with vision and touch.  We did several activities that created contradictions (body illusions) between those senses.  

We also started making a hand with “bones” (straws), and “tendons” (string), which the students brought home and can finish at home.  There are instructions to finish in the photo.

Here are some questions you can ask your child:  

  • Your senses can get confused by information that doesn’t say the same thing.  What sense got confused in the experiments (illusions) in class?
  • What do you think happened in each illusion?
  • How could you break the illusion?  In other words, why did the illusions not work sometimes?
  • What senses do you think are the most important?