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Dictionary

sense : (a) faculty of perceiving by means of sense organs (b) specialized function or mechanism (as sight, hearing, smell, taste, or touch) by which an animal receives and responds to external or internal stimuli (c) sensory mechanisms constituting a unit distinct from other functions (as movement or thought) — Webster

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Sense A sense is a physiological capacity of organisms that provides data for perception. The senses and their operation, classification, and theory are overlapping topics studied by a variety of fields, most notably neuroscience, cognitive psychology (or cognitive science), and philosophy of perception. The nervous system has a specific sensory nervous system, and a sense organ, dedicated to each sense.

Humans have a multitude of senses. Sight (vision), hearing (audition), taste (gustation), smell (olfaction), and touch (somatosensation) are the five traditionally recognized senses. The ability to detect other stimuli beyond those governed by these most broadly recognized senses also exists, and these sensory modalities include temperature (thermoception), kinesthetic sense (proprioception), pain (nociception), balance (equilibrioception), vibration (mechanoreception), and various internal stimuli (e.g. the different chemoreceptors for detecting salt and carbon dioxide concentrations in the blood, or sense of hunger and sense of thirst). However, what constitutes a sense is a matter of some debate, leading to difficulties in defining what exactly a distinct sense is, and where the borders between responses to related stimuli lie. — Wikipedia (Category)

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The Nervous System Portal (Scientist Cindy), The Human Body: Nervous System Portal (Wikipedia)

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Science

What is synesthesia? (Thomas J. Palmeri, Randolph B. Blake and Ren Marois, Scientific American)
Synesthesia (Neuroscience for Kids)
Synesthesia (Wikipedia)

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A Natural History of the Senses (Diane Ackerman)
(Wikipedia)

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USA.gov

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5 Senses Jokes (ArcaMax)

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OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

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Song Lyrics

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This Vest Lets You Feel What Your Favorite Fictional Characters are Experiencing (Lauren Landry, BostInno)
MAS S65: Science Fiction to Science Fabrication (MIT Media Lab)

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Perception News -- ScienceDaily Delve into the complexities of perception research. Learn how infants recognize faces, how adults interpret conversational pauses, and how taste, smell and touch are processed in the brain.

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    on January 24, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    Neuroscientists have shown that breathing coordinates neuronal activity throughout the brain during sleep and quiet.

  • Reinterpreting our brain's body maps
    on January 21, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    Our brain maps out our body to facilitate accurate motor control. For a century, the body map has been thought to have applied to all types of motor actions. Now, a research group has revealed that the body relies on multiple maps based on the choice of motor system.

  • AI light-field camera reads 3D facial expressions
    on January 21, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    Machine-learned, light-field camera reads facial expressions from high-contrast illumination invariant 3D facial images.

  • In visual memory, size matters
    on January 21, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    New research shows that in natural vision, visual memory of images is affected by the size of the image on the retina. The findings can have many implications, including on the use of different types of electronic screens and the quality of information processing when we rely on large vs. small screens.

  • When people 'click' they respond faster to each...
    on January 19, 2022 at 5:14 pm

    When two people are on the same page in a conversation, sometimes their minds just 'click.' A new study demonstrates that clicking isn't just a figure of speech but is predicted by 'response times' in a conversation or the amount of time between when one person stops talking and the other person starts.

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