What you’ll learn to do: describe the basic anatomy and functions of taste, smell, touch, pain, and the vestibular sense
Vision and hearing have received an incredible amount of attention from researchers over the years. While there is still much to be learned about how these sensory systems work, we have a much better understanding of them than of our other sensory modalities. In this section, we will explore our chemical senses (taste and smell) and our body senses (touch, temperature, pain, balance, and body position).
- Summarize the chemical process of taste and smell
- Explain the receptors that respond to touch
- Examine the experience of pain, including how expectations and context affect pain and touch experiences
- Describe the basic functions of the vestibular, proprioceptive, and kinesthetic sensory systems