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Radio NZ's Jack Perkins lost his sense of smell recently; Amelia Nurse conducts a series of experiments on him, then chats to ENT specialist Simon Robinson about the causes and treatment for loss of smell. Paul Devenport was born without smell. He tells Amelia about his experience and his wife Syvia Chong Devenport describes partnership with two people and only one nose.
Colour blindness is a misleading term because people who have it are not blind to all colours, just certain ones. Amelia Nurse visits an art gallery with colour challenged Richard Hulse and chats to optometrist Renee Edgar about just what colour blind people can see, and why.
This is defined as the inability to hear and/or reproduce pitch. People who have it often feel maligned in social musical situations. Amelia talks to Christine Cessford, John Hedges, scientist David Welch, and music director and teacher David Squire about the causes and experience of tone deafness.
Put up your right hand. Did you do it automatically? If you had to think about it you might have something called left/right confusion. Amelia Nurse talks with University of Auckland psychologist Mike Corballis and dance teacher Kathiy Benseman to find out why some people just can't seem to learn left and right.
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