Brain Myth – This makes Sense

We have five senses . . . not
Sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch are the big ones. But we have many other ways of sensing the world and our place in it:

  • Proprioception is a sense of how our bodies are positioned.
  • Nociception is a sense of pain
  • Sense of balance—the inner ear is to this sense as the eye is to vision
  • Sense of body temperature
  • Sense of acceleration 
  • Sense of the passage of time

Compared with other species, though, humans are missing out. Bats and dolphins use sonar to find prey; some birds and insects see ultraviolet light; snakes detect the heat of warmblooded prey; rats, cats, seals and other whiskered creatures use their “vibrissae” to judge spatial relations or detect movements; sharks sense electrical fields in the water; birds, turtles and even bacteria orient to the earth’s magnetic field lines.

Sense of Amusement by Peggy



March 12-18, 2018 is Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a nationwide effort organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neuroscience to promote the public and personal benefits of brain research.



2 comments on “Brain Myth – This makes Sense

  1. I’ve been old that salmon use the magnetic fields to assist them when returning to the streams of their birth when it’s their time to spawn. It works.


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