The nervous system has an area dedicated to each sense. Apart from the traditional abilities, humans can sense high and low temperatures (thermoception) [it sucks that there's no AC at this summer festival], balance (equilibrioception) [whaddya mean I'm too loud?], acceleration (kinesthesioception) [that violinist's tempo is INSANE], body and limb position (proprioception) [aren't there any low benches in this classroom?] and pain (nociception) [what frightful intonation in the slow movement].
Other natural abilities include the sense of time [OMG I'm gonna be late for the next lesson], itching [I've been sitting on this bench how many hours?], pressure [I'll never learn these notes in time for the first rehearsal], hunger [only 70 minutes until lunch], thirst [shoulda brought that second Evian], fullness of the stomach [too many spring rolls at Pho Hung], need to urinate [shouldn't have brought that second Evian], need to defecate [only with certain composers] and blood carbon dioxide levels [first day of playing for staging rehearsals at Aspen]. People also hold a large collection of internal senses. This includes the chemoreceptor trigger zone of the brain which receives input from the blood and communicates with the vomiting center [auditions for crossover artists]. Cutaneous receptors in the skin not only respond to touch, pressure and temperature, but also other emotions such as embarrassment [you mean _____ was actually YOUR teacher?], which will make your skin blush. Pulmonary stretch receptors are found in the lungs and control respiratory rate [OMG I lost count in the rests again].
Thursday, July 21, 2011
corrects this misconception in an informative post with a quick rundown of the full range of human senses. In the quote below, I've annotated each sense to attempt to explain how a collaborative pianist might experience each one of these extended modalities while at the piano: