We have all learnt in college and additionally by interestingly poking a finger into a candle, about the 5 primary senses in the human body – that of touch, taste, sight, smell and sound. Now toss all that out of the window because there are more than 5 human senses.
Along with being capable of taste heavenly melting cheese pizza and cheerfully look at butterflies, we also own the ability to type rapidly without looking at the keypad on our telephones or on our laptops and walk and look around and adjust to uneven ground without falling on our faces. That is all due to the sense of proprioception which in Latin translates to ‘one’s own grasp’. This sense assist us estimate wherein our body is in space at any given moment in time.
Another vital sense is thermoception for detecting the temperature around us. This helps keep our body temperature steady determine whether we need to cover up or soak in a tub of ice cubes. (no seriously, do not do this)
Equilibrioception is our sense of balance which helps us walks or run without dropping balance.
Other ignored senses are that of pressure, pain, itch, thirst, hunger, direction and time. There is a totally different sensor system for itch, distinct from touch related sensors. There are 3 different type receptors which assist experience pain, which can be cutaneous (skin), somatic (bones and joints), and visceral (body organs). Hunger and thirst assist us hold track of whilst our body needs nutrients. Even though the sense of time is debatable in humans, they have been found so one can judge the passage of time correctly. We use areas of our cerebral cortex, cerebellum and basal ganglia to judge the time.
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