Q. What is sensory adaptation?Specify the inferences that could be drawn from it about the nature of human sensory processes. 10 marks

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  1. The sensory adaptation is the condition of reduced sensitivity or responsivenes to unchanging and constant stimulations on the part of our sensory receptors.
    For example-reduced touch sensation from clothes, reduced taste, moments after from sweet put in mouth or reduced smell sensation from incense sticks after some time.
    The phenomenon shows that our sensory system is naturally designed to detect only nowel or changing stimuli and ignore the rest. This saves the receptors from getting overburdened from frequent stimulations.
    It helps our sensory system to attend to more relevant and important stimuli.
    Also studies indicate that sensory adaptation does not involve higher brain centres. Thus, it occurs almost at unconscious level. In fact except for auditory sensation which is dealt at lower brain centres, all other senses adapt at the level of neurons itself.

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