This Animation Explaining Why We Itch Will Make You Seriously Itchy

Is it an evolutionary thing, or is it simply there to annoy us?
April 12, 2017, 2:57pm

Everybody gets itchy sometimes, but have you ever stopped to ask what causes these strange urges to scratch? Do they serve any purpose other than to annoy us? In a new animated video lesson from TED-Ed, educator Emma Bryce breaks down some of the ways our body and mind create the itching sensation. Delightful children's book style drawings, illustrated by Ukrainian artist Sashko Danylenko, serve as visual aids as Bryce explains the leading theory that our skin has evolved to be hyperaware of touch to protect us from the threats in the outside world. See for yourself in the short animation, below:


Check out more TED-Ed videos on YouTube, and be sure to check out more drawings by Sashko Danylenko on Facebook.


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