The Senses

  • The Five Senses, Plus Several More Commonly Agreed Senses

  • Sight/Vision - The ability to see images
  • Hearing/Audition - The ability to perceive sound
  • Smell/Olfaction - The ability to detect odours
  • Touch/Tactition - The ability to feel pressure
  • Taste/Gustation - The ability to detect flavours
  • Thermoception - The ability to sense heat (or coldness)
  • Equilibrioception - The sense of balance, determined by cavities containing fluid in the inner ear
  • Nociception - The ability to perceive pain on the skin and organs
  • Proprioception - The sense of body awareness, knowing unconsciously where our own body parts are without being able to see or feel them (eg: close your eyes and move your arm around - you'll still know where it is in relation to the rest of you)


  • Other possible senses

  • Hunger - The ability to feel hungry
  • Thirst - The ability to feel thirsty
  • Depth - The ability to detect distances
  • Meaning and reasoning - The ability to understand and work things out
  • Language - To be able to speak and have a feel for languages
  • Electricity - Being able to feel static electricity in our presence
  • Impending danger
  • Synesthesia - Where senses combine, such that colour can be perceived in music, and vice versa


  • Senses That Humans Don't Have

  • Electroception - This is the ability of many types of shark and fish to detect electric fields
  • Magnetoception - The ability of birds and insects to detect magnetic fields
  • Echolocation - The ability of fish to detect their orientation through sound that has been reflected
  • The lateral line - The ability of fish to perceive pressure in order to navigate
  • Infra-red vision - The ability of owls to see at night in order to hunt and feed