most sensitive sense in humans?

Kalman Rubinson kr4 at
Fri Oct 8 13:31:38 EST 1999

Just Wondering (lroman at wrote:
> Thanks for your answer.  I got a reply to my email address that suggested that sense of
> smell was the most sensitive since it didn't get filtered through the thalamus before going
> to the cortex.  This was also my totally unsupported, "gut reflex" answer to the question.
> What do you think of this?

Doesn't smell right to me. The thalamic relay is not the issue. (Mebbe the
thalamus amplifies the input! ;-)  ) 

First, one must determine the criterion for sensitivity.  Then, one can
attempt to measure it. 


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