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Lisa Fernandez

Students in Brian Meza ’92’s Anatomy and Physiology class take pen to paper as they express the connection between the density of sensory receptors and the brain regions dedicated to perception. The project, called the Homunculus Lab, requires testing a variety of body parts for perception of a light touch stimulus. A picture is drawn to reflect the areas with higher sensitivity as occupying more space on the page. Areas that are drawn larger are therefore more sensitive and show how the brain dedicates more space for this processing. Students then hypothesize the reason behind the more sensitive body parts – the WHY! Here, students Shannon Curtin ’19 and Kate Matter ’23 demonstrate this unexpected melding of art and science. 


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