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The Other Senses

  • Olfaction is the sense of smell, one of the chemo-senses
  • Receptors are located in a mucous membrane in the upper nasal cavity
  • The nerves are connected to the underside of the frontal lobe
  • Pheromones are airborne chemical signals the brain understands but that we cannot consciously smell
  • Anosmia is a defective sense of smell for a single odor
  • Gustation is the sense of taste-there are papillae on the tongue that sense sweet, sour, salt, bitter and umami
  • Taste works with smell work effectively
  • The McGurk Effect is the interaction of vision and hearing to produce an auditory illusion
  • In addition to the traditional five sense, humans also have the vestibular sense, the kinesthetic sense, and sensory receptors for pain

The Other Senses

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  1. Intro
    • Smell
    • Olfactory System
    • Olfactory System
    • Gustation and Taste Buds
    • Taste and Survival Functions
    • The Tongue
    • Sensory Interaction
    • Somethetic Senses
    • The Skin
    • Vestibular System
    • Vestibular System and Motion Sickness
    • Pain
    • Types of Pain
    • Gate-Control Theory of Pain
    • Adaptation, Attention, and Sensory Gating
    • Adaptation, Attention, and Sensory Gating
    • Controlling Pain
    • Review
    • Intro 0:00
    • Smell 0:13
      • Olfaction: Sense of Smell -- A Chemo Sense
      • Receptors are Located in a Mucous Membrane in the Upper Nasal Cavity (as Many as 100x Kinds of Receptors May Exist)
      • Olfactory Nerve Fibers Respond to Gaseous Molecules -- Approx. 5 Million in Each Nasal Cavity
      • Nerve Fibers From the Olf. Bulb Connect to the Brain at the Amygdala, Then to Hippocampus (Connected to Emotions and Memory)
      • Pheromones: Airborne Chemical Signal
      • Lock and Key Theory: Odors are Related to Shapes of Chemicals and Molecules
      • Anosmia: Defective Sense of Smell for a Single Odor
    • Olfactory System 4:41
      • Picture of What the Olfactory System Looks Like
    • Olfactory System 5:26
      • Animals and Scent Marking, e.g. Cats and Dogs
      • Cats Have Special Glands in Their Faces --> Rubbing
      • Women Tend to be Able to Smell More Accurately Than Men at All Ages
      • Ability to Smell Peaks From About 30-50
      • Decline After 50
      • Think Old Ladies and Perfume
      • Smells Tend to be Very Evocative of Memories -- Even of Ones Long Past -- From Learned Associations
      • Malls and Stores -- Will Pump in Certain Smells to Lure You In
    • Gustation and Taste Buds 11:08
      • Taste-Receptor Cells on Tongue Absorb Chemicals From Food We Eat
      • Papillae are the Cells on the Tongue -- The More Packed Together The Papillae Are, the More Chemicals Are Absorbed, The More Intense the Taste
      • Sense of Taste
      • Taste Works With Smell to Work
      • As We Age, Sense Gets Weaker
    • Taste and Survival Functions 14:31
      • Sweet -- A Source of Energy
      • Salty -- We Need Sodium for Our Basic Physiology
      • Sour -- Potentially Toxic Acid
      • Bitter -- Potential Poison
      • Umami -- Proteins for Growth and Tissue Repair
      • Dr. Linda Bartushock -- Research on Super-Tasters
    • The Tongue 17:08
      • Diagram of Tongue and Its Types of Papillae
    • Sensory Interaction 17:28
      • If You Close Your Eyes and Close Your Nose, Have Someone You Trust Feed You Various Foods
      • McGurk Effect
    • Somethetic Senses 19:31
      • Skin Senses (Touch): Light Touch, Pressure, Pain, Cold, Warmth
    • The Skin 19:41
      • Diagram of Layers of the Parts of the Skin
    • Vestibular System 20:47
      • Vestibular: Balance, Gravity, and Acceleration of the Head
      • Kinesthetic: Detect Body Position and Movement (Where is the Body in Space -- Gymnasts, Divers, Dancers, etc.) Procioreceptors
      • Otolith Organs: Sensitive to Movement, Acceleration, and Gravity
      • Semicircular Canals: Fluid-Filled Tubes in Ears That are Sensory Organs for Balance
      • Crista: Float That Detects Movement in Semicircular Canals
      • Ampulla: A Wider Part of the Canal
    • Vestibular System and Motion Sickness 23:25
      • Motion Sickness is Directly Related to Vestibular System
      • Sensory Conflict Theory: Motion Sickness Results From a Mismatch Between Information From Vision, Vestibular System, and Kinesthesis
      • Medications, Relaxation, and Lying Down Might Help
    • Pain 24:28
      • Visceral Pain: Pain Originating in Internal Organs
      • Referred Pain: Pain Felt on Surface of Body, Away from Origin Point
      • Somatic Pain: Sharp, Bright, Fast; Comes From Skin, Joints, Muscles, Tendons
      • Phantom Limb: Missing Limb Feels Like It is Present, Like Always Before Amputation or Accident (V.S. Ramachandran's Work Phantoms in the Brain)
    • Types of Pain 26:51
      • Warning System: Pain Carried by Large Nerve Fibers; Sharp, Bright, Fast Pain That Tells You Body Damage May Be Occurring (e.g. Knife Cut)
      • Reminding System: Small Nerve Fibers: Slower, Nagging, Aching, Widespread; Gets Worse if Stimulus is Repeated; Reminds System That Body has Been Injured
    • Gate-Control Theory of Pain 28:16
      • Sensory (Afferent) Receptors That Respond to Damaging Tissue (or Other Noxious Stimuli) Are Pain Receptors or Nociceptors
      • The More the Neurons Fire, The More Intense the Pain
      • Theory That Pain Messages From Different Nerve Fibers Pass Through the Same Neural Gate in the Spinal Cord
      • If Gate is Closed by One Pain Message, Other Messages May Not be Able to Pass Through
      • Substance P is a Neuropeptide (regulatory) Neurotransmitter -- Along With Other NTs Can Increase Neural Inflammation
    • Adaptation, Attention, and Sensory Gating 30:22
      • Sensory Adaptation: When Sensory Receptors Respond Less to Unchanging Stimuli
      • Perceptual Adaptation (Sensory Habituation): One's Perceptions of Senses Depends Upon How Focused We Are on Them
    • Adaptation, Attention, and Sensory Gating 32:44
      • Selective Attention: Voluntarily Focusing on a Specific Sensory Input
      • Sensory Gating: Facilitating or Blocking Sensory Messages in the Spinal Cord
    • Controlling Pain 34:32
      • Fear, or High Levels of Anxiety, Almost Always Increase Pain
      • If You Can Regulate a Painful Stimulus, You Have Control Over It
      • Distraction Can Also Significantly Reduce Pain
      • The Interpretation You Give A Stimulus Also Affects Pain
      • Beta-endorphins -- Natural Pain Chemical Similar to Morphine (Endogenous Opioid Peptides)
      • e.g. Runner's High
    • Review 37:33
      • How Do We Taste and Smell? What Parts of the Head and Brain are Involved?
      • What Does the Term Chemoreceptors Mean?
      • What are the Senses That We Have? Go Beyond the Main Five
      • Describe Different Kinds of Pain
      • What is Sensory Adaptation? Give at Least Two Examples