Talking about five senses, all that strikes our minds is eyesight, taste, touch, smell, and hearing. But do you know that humans are a lot more than just five senses? Scientists have done deep research on this topic and have come up with around 22-23 senses that make us actual human beings. Some of the lesser-known senses, which actually are a vital part of our routine, are discussed below.
Thermoception – Sense of temperature
It is a sense by which we detect hot and cold. It is basically a feeling that allows us to perceive temperature of any object. Snakes have a powerful ability to detect temperature changes. They can see the infrared rays being transmitted by hot objects near them.
Proprioception – Sense to locate
It is the ability to locate self-organs. It is the capability to sense where your body part is concerning other body parts.
Nociception – Sense of Pain
It basically describes the word ‘pain’. Its Latin form ‘nocere’ means harm or hurt. It can further be divided into chemical (chilli powder into eyes), mechanical (cuts and bruises) and thermal (too hot or cold).
Equilibrioception – Balance sense
This is the sense present in our body that enables us to balance on our own feet. Equilibrium means to maintain balance. It is present in both humans and animals, and it prevents them from falling. The skeletal system, along with vision plays a significant role in maintaining balance.
Chemoreceptors – Brain Trigger
They are a trigger to areas of the brain where hormones and drugs affect the most. They are also involved in vomiting reflex.
Magnetoception – Sense of Direction
It is the sense that enables us to sense directions. Most birds have strong magnetoception as compared to humans. There is a protein present in human bodies that allow us to detect directions. However, no relevant theory has been found out to prove this phenomenon.