Most of us learned about the five senses in school. The traditional five senses are sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. But did you know that there are a host of other “non-traditional” senses widely studied in the scientific community?
Non-traditional senses are integral to daily life and they manifest in many ways. Our bodies require the ability to detect and process things that the traditional five senses don’t reach. Following are five examples of non-traditional senses and how they help humans in everyday life:
Temperature Detection – The ability to perceive hot versus cold is also known as “thermoception.” Our own body temperature is the baseline for this sense. Thermoception is useful to humans because it helps us determine whether our body is in a situation where our basal body temperature could increase or decrease. (Sometimes we want to increase/decrease our body temperature, and sometimes we don’t.) Thermoception also tells us when something is hot or cold enough to damage our skin.
Awareness of Pain – Pain, though it isn’t fun, is a useful sense to humans. Pain, otherwise known as “nociception,” is the body’s warning system. The discomfort associated with pain tells us that something is wrong with our body. Pain can also be an indication that the body needs rest.
Mechanoreception – Can you guess what mechanoreception is? It’s the ability to sense vibration. Mechanoreception relates closely to the sense of hearing. Persons without the traditional sense of hearing use mechanoreception to enjoy music and to perceive the movement of people, cars, and other objects. Scientists have also studied musicians’ ability to sense vibration and how their development of this sense leads to their understanding of sound and pitch.
Hunger/Thirst – Our bodies tell us when it’s time to eat or drink via the senses of hunger and thirst. This combination of non-traditional senses is crucial to human survival and our body’s ability to self-sustain. Hunger and thirst are complicated processes that involve the central nervous system as it works in conjunction with internal organs and the traditional sense of taste.
Balance – How do you get from Point A to Point B without falling? It’s your sense of balance, or “equlibrioception.” Balance isn’t just for gymnasts - humans rely on this important, non-traditional sense for any activity that requires mobility, movement, and/or focus.
At Room To Escape, we consider both traditional and non-traditional senses when we plan and build new escape rooms. Play one of our escape games and try to identify six or more of your senses at work!
Escape Rooms have gained popularity in recent years. If you haven’t tried one, you’ve probably heard about them and may wonder what all the buzz is about. Escape Rooms can be difficult to explain since the people who create escape rooms don’t want to give up their secrets and spoil the fun!
Here’s a little info that we CAN share about escape rooms. They’re fun, they’re challenging, they’re great for all sorts of events and outings, and they’re getting more popular every day.
What to Expect During an Escape Game
An escape game is essentially a role-playing game in real life. You and your teammates are “locked” in a room and have a pre-determined amount of time to escape (usually one hour). You look for clues, solve puzzles, and work as a team to get out. Critical thinking is essential, but so are fun and adventure! This is an immersive experience that brings gaming to life and encourages you to use all your senses and unlock your brain power.
The escape gaming industry has grown tremendously over the past five years. Consider the following statistics:
What Are You Waiting For?
Whether or not you escape in time, you’ll still bond with your teammates and have a great time doing it. If you haven’t tried an escape game yet, you’re missing out!
This content was authored by Room To Escape, a family-friendly escape room facility locate at 3734 Allen Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana.