How many senses do humans really have – Ask Marilyn


We’re taught in school that we have five senses:

  1. vision
  2. hearing,
  3. touch,
  4. taste
  5. smell

Yet we also feel pain—and hunger, for that matter. Aren’t they senses too?Brian Dozier, Cincinnati, Ohio

In addition to the usual five that we’re taught, humans have receptors for

  1. pressure,
  2. temperature,
  3. pain,
  4. balance and
  5. motion.

So we have a total of 10 senses. But hunger is not one of them. Rather, it’s a motivation or desire, like sex. Well, not quite like sex.

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One response to “How many senses do humans really have – Ask Marilyn

  1. pressure, temperature is part of tocuh. Motion and balance is classified under hearing (through inner ear).

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