Our Five Senses Essays

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Unit 2: Teamwork Assignment, Team A
Romy Brannen,
Amy Eoff-Stanley,
Kourtney Trehern,
Amanda Basher,
Nathan Palmer,
Debra Lee
General Psychology - 2027
May 15, 2010

Our Five Senses, Vision, Smell, Hearing, Taste, and Touch

The following paper is an explanation of our five senses. How they work and why do we have them. Would a person be able to function if one or more senses were lost? All these questions are answered in following document.
Our entire sensory system consists of numerous amounts of different sensors. The main senses are vision, smell, hearing, taste, and touch. Those senses are important. They play a role in our everyday life. Losing one of these senses could be crucial. Let us start with vision.
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The optic nerve splits behind the eye, where the right side of both retinas goes to the right side of the brain and the left side of retinas goes to the left side of the brain. This turns the image right side up. | Smell is another one of our five senses. We can detect a variety of more than 10,000 smells. With our sense of smell, we are able to detect different emotions as well. We release a certain chemical called pheromones. Once airborne, we cannot smell pheromones, yet our brain will detect them as a hidden form of communication. This explains attraction between people. We receive smell by molecules entering the nasal passage where they meet with the receptor neurons of the nose. Each receptor neuron detects a certain type of smell, then travel to the brain. Our brain then combines all different odors into one particular smell. Next, the sense of taste detects 4 main tastes; sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. The brain combines the four tastes then processes into one taste recognizable taste. About once every 10 days, our taste buds are replaced. "Because if our taste buds weren't constantly reproducing, we'd lose the ability to taste after we'd accidentally burned our tongues.” (Feldman, "Understanding Psychology", 2008, p.110). The following describes our skin. This has four