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stimuli for different senses

  1. 1. Stimuli for different Senses<br />
  2. 2. The stimuli that affect receptors(the cells of the body specialized for the tasks of converting physical energy into neural impulses) are different in character. For the receptors of vision, only a restricted band of radiant energy called light can serve as a stimulus, even though visual sensation may be evoked by a pressure on the visual receptors. The sound of restricted frequencies and amplitude are the stimuli for hearing. The taste and smell receptors are called chemical senses because they are sensitive only to a certain type of chemical stimulation. The receptors of warmth and cold are sensitive to temperature changes within certain limits; while those of touch are sensitive to certain types of pressures and mechanical stimulation<br />
  3. 3. Senses<br />
  4. 4. Sight:<br />Sightor vision is the ability of the brain and eye to detect electromagnetic waves within the visible range (light) which is why people see interpreting the image as "sight." Neuro anatomists generally regard it as two senses, given that different receptors are responsible for the perception of colour and brightness . <br />Hearing:<br />Hearingor audition is the sense of sound perception. Since sound is vibrations propagating through a medium such as air, the detection of these vibrations, that is the sense of the hearing, is a mechanical sense.<br />Taste:<br />Tasteis one of the two main "chemical" senses. There are at least four types of tastes that receptors on the tongue detect, and hence there are anatomists who argue that these constitute five or more different senses, given that each receptor conveys information to a slightly different region of the brain. The inability to taste is called Ageusia.<br />The four well-known receptors detect sweet, salty, sour, and bitter<br />
  5. 5. Smell:<br />Smellor olfaction is the other “chemical sense”. Unlike taste, there are hundreds of olfactory receptors, each binding to a particular molecular feature. Odor molecules possess a variety of features and thus excite specific receptors more or less strongly. In the brain, olfaction is processed by the olfactory system. Olfactory receptor neurons in the nose differ from most other neurons in that they die and regenerate on a regular basis. The inability to smell is called anosmia. <br />Touch:<br />Touch, also called tactition, is a perception resulting from activation of neural receptors, generally in the skin including hair follicles, but also in the tongue, and throat . A variety of pressure receptors respond to variations in pressure. The loss or impairment of the ability to feel anything touched is called tactileAnesthesia. Paresthesia is a sensation of tingling, pricking, or numbness of the skin that may result from nerve damage and may be permanent or temporary.<br />
  6. 6. Temperature:<br />Thermoceptionis the sense of heat and the absence of heat (cold) by the skin and including internal skin passages, or rather, the heat flux(the rate of heat flow) in these areas. There are specialized receptors for cold (declining temperature) and to heat. The thermoceptors in the skin are quite different from the homeostatic thermoceptors in the brain which provide feedback on internal body temperature.<br />Pain:<br />Nociception(physiological pain) signals near-damage or damage to tissue. The three types of pain receptors are cutaneous (skin), somatic (joints and bones) and visceral (body organs). It was previously believed that pain was simply the overloading of pressure receptors, but research in the first half of the 20th century indicated that pain is a distinct phenomenon that intertwines with all of the other senses, including touch. <br />
  7. 7. Direction:<br />Magnetoception(or magnetoreception) is the ability to detect the direction one is facing based on the Earth's magnetic field. Directional awareness is most commonly observed in birds, though it is also present to a limited extent in humans. It has also been observed in insects such as bees. Although there is no dispute that this sense exists in many avian (it is essential to the navigational abilities of migratory birds), it is not a well-understood phenomenon. <br />