senses

When you wake up in the morning, you might see sunlight through your window, hear birds chirping, or smell breakfast. Everything you know about the world comes to you through your senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. Although you see with your eyes and hear with your ears, it's your brain that makes you aware of what you are sens- ing. Your brain brings all your senses together, connecting them into a complete experience.

Definition: how you receive information from the outside world
Basic Senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste
Related Brain Parts: visual cortex (sight), auditory cortex (hearing), olfactory cortex (smelling), gustatory cortex (taste), somatosensory cortex (touch)
Cool Fact: You never stop sensing the world around you--even when you’re sleeping!

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