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 S - Senses


Senses : Organs that inform one about one's environment.

The basic senses humans have are sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell, though the division is a bit artificial and geared to what is externally visible and concerns the environment.

Thus, one also has a sense of balance (an organ in one's ear), while there are parts of one's brain that are concerned with moving one's body and limbs. And indeed the feelings associated to one's body-image also are sensations, while it is an interesting fact that emotions tend to strongly associated with states of one's body even if they are caused by mental judgements - which is one reason why the term 'feeling' is rather ambiguous.


See also: ESP, Sensations,


Hilgard & Atkinsons, Lindsay & Norman

 Original: Aug 21, 2004                                                Last edited: 12 September 2005.   Top