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We all know we have 5 senses... but do we?


A sense is a physiological capacity of organisms that provides data for perception. So when we play the piano, for example, sensing organs send information to the brain to help us see and feel the piano keys or to help us understand and perceive the sounds they make. Can you name how many senses are involved?

If you said 3 or less, we are sorry to say it, but you were wrong. We have traditionally recognized five senses and this idea can be traced back to the Greek philosopher Aristotle. However, it is a rather simplistic way of interpreting the way that humans detect the world. Neuroscientists consider that we have anywhere between 9 and 21 senses, maybe more. Some of these other sensory modalities include thermoception (sensing temperature), proprioception (knowing which parts of your body are where without looking), kinaesthesia (sense of movement), Equilibrioception (a sense of balance), nociception (the ability to feel pain) and vibration (mechanoreception). 

So now you know: there are more senses involved in playing the piano than the traditional sight, touch and hearing. Can you think of at least one more?


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