How is sensory adaptation beneficial to animals?


Sensory adaptation is helpful to animals who for example use their sense of smell to hunt their prey as smells that interfere with their hunting are only present for a short period of time and will quickly go away, allowing them to successfully continue with their hunt.

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  1. What about hearing predators approaching?

  2. Thank you! I'm sorry, but I don't understand how that is a sensory adaptation? Doesn't it have to be something that happens quickly but also only lasts for a short period of time?

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    posted by Mrm4
  3. It seems to me that a sense of smell and a sense of hearing are similar. They are sensory adaptations, often peculiar to a specific species.

  4. Sensory adaptation is becoming less sensitive to a stimulus after sensing it continuously for a period of time. Let me give you a real life example — mine.

    Decades ago, I worked in an old home with several buildings. Even though they tried to keep the buildings clean, the smell of urine was very strong when I first entered any building (Whew, did it stink!). Even so, as I continued to work in that environment, I adapted and did not notice the odor. However, sometimes I had to go from one building to another. It was nice to get into the fresh air, which made me lose my adaptation, so when I entered a building again the smell of urine was very strong. Again, with time in that environment, I did not notice the odor.

    We and animals are very sensitive to change. If the stimulus remains constant, the sensitivity is lost.

    I hope this helps a little more.

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