We have all learnt in school and also by curiously poking a finger into a candle, about the five 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 five human senses.
Along with being able to taste heavenly melting cheese pizza and cheerfully look at butterflies, we also possess the ability to type rapidly without looking at the keypad on our phones or on our laptops and walk and look around and adjust to uneven ground without falling on our faces. This is all due to the sense of proprioception which in Latin translates to ‘one’s own grasp’. This sense helps us estimate where our body is in space at any given moment in time.
Another important sense is thermoception for sensing the temperature around us. This helps keep our body temperature constant and determine whether we need to cover up or soak in a tub of ice cubes. (no seriously, don’t do that)
Equilibrioception is our sense of balance which helps us walk or run without losing balance.
Other ignored senses are that of pressure, pain, itch, thirst, hunger, direction and time. There is a completely different sensor system for itch, distinct from touch related sensors. There are three different type of receptors which help experience pain, which are cutaneous (skin), somatic (bones and joints), and visceral (body organs). Hunger and thirst help us keep track of when our body needs nutrition. Though the sense of time is debatable in humans, they have been found to be able to judge the passage of time correctly. We use areas of our cerebral cortex, cerebellum and basal ganglia to judge the time.
Now revel in all the glory of your superior senses.