April 25, 2004 11:11 AM   Subscribe

The maps of perception.
2nd link: java applet.
posted by Gyan (6 comments total)
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posted by Gyan at 11:15 AM on April 25, 2004

Only checked the maps link but am surely wondering, in my biologically ignorant (but sweet) way why the private parts are so much smaller than the hands.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:33 AM on April 25, 2004

..and what does it say about the custom of shaking hands.
posted by stbalbach at 11:41 AM on April 25, 2004

I had the same thought, bill. The (completely uninformed) conclusion I drew is that since these are drawn relative to the size of corresponding areas in the cortex, the genital sensory apparatus must be wired to some "deeper" neural systems. Which would make sense, given the reflexive nature of sexual response.
posted by jjg at 11:43 AM on April 25, 2004

Yes, there's a different map of sensory nerve density that is similar but, in some predictable respects, quite different.

But in both, the tongue is gigantemous. The tongue has a higher sensory nerve density than the clitoris, I think.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 12:41 PM on April 25, 2004

Piercing your tongue suddenly seems way more impressive in terms of pain threshold...
posted by Skaramoosh at 2:55 AM on April 26, 2004

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