Did you know we have 8 senses?
About The Senses
Most of us all know about the 5 senses. But did you know we have 8 senses!
Sight is processed through the visual sensory system. Visual information is picked up by the visual receptors in the eye. These are stimulated by light, colour and movement.
Sound is processed through he auditory sensory system. Auditory receptors are found in the inner ear and can identify loud, soft, high, low, near and far noise.
Touch is processed through the tactile sensory system. Tactile receptors can be found all over the skin. Tactile receptors identify touch, pressure, pain, texture and temperature.
Smell is processed through the olfactory sensory system. Smell receptors are found in the nose. This sensory system is closely linked with our emotional memory in the brain.
Taste is processed through the gustatory sensory system. Taste receptors can be found on the tongue and detect salty, sweet, bitter, sour and umami tastes.
(Muscles & Joints)
Our proprioceptive system processes information from our muscles and joints. Receptors in our muscles and joints allows us to detect force from pressure. Proprioception allows us to understand where are body parts are in relation to each other.
Balance and motion is processed through the vestibular sensory system. It is located in the middle ear. It allows us to recognise where our head is in space in relation to gravity.
Internal sensations are processed though the interoception sensory system. This system detects hunger, thirst, temperature and when we need to use the toilet.