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Adam Israel
21 Senses 
26th-Jun-2007 05:31 pm
Scarf
We had a discussion about sensory detail today and the topic turned to the fact that there are actually twenty one (or more) recognized senses.

The classic five senses:
  1. Sight
  2. Hearing
  3. Taste
  4. Smell
  5. Touch

The expanded list of 21:
  1. Light
  2. Color
  3. Hearing
  4. Smell
  5. Sweet taste
  6. Sour taste
  7. Salty taste
  8. Bitter taste
  9. Umami taste (the meaty taste found in soy sauce)
  10. Touch
  11. Balance
  12. Proprioception (joint position)
  13. Kinaesthesis (movement)
  14. Heat
  15. Cold
  16. Blood pressure
  17. Blood oxygen content
  18. Cerebrospinal fluid pH
  19. Plasma osmotic potential (thirst)
  20. Artery-vein glucose difference (hunger)
  21. Lung inflation.
The trick, of course, is to work sensory details in to your story to give the world a richer feel.  An interesting challenge would be to write a short story that engages all twenty-one senses.
Comments 
27th-Jun-2007 05:01 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting this! You should print it for the workshop.

I'd add some more, such as that pit-of-stomach feeling of dread, that lower-abdominal-groin sensation of arousal. In fact, I heard others talk about up to 38 senses.
28th-Jun-2007 11:29 am (UTC)
Interesting. :)
My favourite 'science-speak' ones are plasma osmotic potential = thirst and artery-vein glucose difference = hunger!
22nd-Jun-2010 09:42 am (UTC) - 22 sense
Anonymous
What about the sense of when you close your eyes and you can still know where your hands are and can raise them and know where they are.
20th-Apr-2012 01:44 pm (UTC) - Re: 22 sense
Anonymous
That's Proprioception (joint position)
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