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Sense of agency The sense of agency refers to the subjective feeling of having chosen a particular action. Some conditions, such as schizophrenia, can lead to a loss of this sense, causing a person to feel like a machine or even leading to delusions of being controlled from some outside source.
The opposite extreme occurs too, with some people experiencing everything in their environment as if they had decided that it would happen. Through methods such as the Libet experimenta gap of half a second or more can be detected from the time when there are detectable neurological signs of a decision having been made to the time when the subject actually becomes conscious of the decision.
There are also experiments in which an illusion of agency is induced in psychologically normal subjects.
In Wegner and Wheatleysubjects were given instructions to move a mouse around a scene and point to an image about once every thirty seconds. However, a second person—acting as a test subject but actually a confederate—had their hand on the mouse at the same time, and controlled some of the movement.
Experimenters were able to arrange for subjects to perceive certain "forced stops" as if they were their own choice. The temporal lobe, in particular the perirhinal cortexresponds differently to stimuli which feel novel than to things which feel familiar.
Firing rates in the perirhinal cortex are connected with the sense of familiarity in humans and other mammals. Recent studies on lesions in the area concluded that rats with a damaged perirhinal cortex were still more interested in exploring when novel objects were present, but seemed unable to tell novel objects from familiar ones—they examined both equally.
Thus, other brain regions are involved with noticing unfamiliarity, but the perirhinal cortex is needed to associate the feeling with a specific source. However, the mechanisms and capabilities vary widely. Smell[ edit ] Most non-human mammals have a much keener sense of smell than humans, although the mechanism is similar.
They follow the nostril that first detected the smell. Vomeronasal organ[ edit ] Many animals salamandersreptilesmammals have a vomeronasal organ  that is connected with the mouth cavity.
In mammals it is mainly used to detect pheromones of marked territory, trails, and sexual state. Reptiles like snakes and monitor lizards make extensive use of it as a smelling organ by transferring scent molecules to the vomeronasal organ with the tips of the forked tongue.
In reptiles the vomeronasal organ is commonly referred to as Jacobsons organ. In mammals, it is often associated with a special behavior called flehmen characterized by uplifting of the lips.
The organ is vestigial in humansbecause associated neurons have not been found that give any sensory input in humans. Catfish have taste organs across their entire bodies, and can taste anything they touch, including chemicals in the water. Pit viperspythons and some boas have organs that allow them to detect infrared light, such that these snakes are able to sense the body heat of their prey.
The common vampire bat may also have an infrared sensor on its nose.
Bees and dragonflies  are also able to see in the ultraviolet. Mantis shrimps can perceive both polarized light and multispectral images and have twelve distinct kinds of color receptors, unlike humans which have three kinds and most mammals which have two kinds.
Researchers believe that opsins in the skin can sense different wavelengths of light and help the creatures choose a coloration that camouflages them, in addition to light input from the eyes.
Balance[ edit ] Many invertebrates have a statocystwhich is a sensor for acceleration and orientation that works very differently from the mammalian's semi-circular canals.
Sensing gravity[ edit ] Some plants such as mustard have genes that are necessary for the plant to sense the direction of gravity. If these genes are disabled by a mutation, a plant cannot grow upright.
Animal echolocation Certain animals, including bats and cetaceanshave the ability to determine orientation to other objects through interpretation of reflected sound like sonar. They most often use this to navigate through poor lighting conditions or to identify and track prey. There is currently an uncertainty whether this is simply an extremely developed post-sensory interpretation of auditory perceptions or it actually constitutes a separate sense.
Resolution of the issue will require brain scans of animals while they actually perform echolocation, a task that has proven difficult in practice. Blind people report they are able to navigate and in some cases identify an object by interpreting reflected sounds especially their own footstepsa phenomenon known as human echolocation.
Electroreception[ edit ] Electroreception or electroception is the ability to detect electric fields. Several species of fish, sharksand rays have the capacity to sense changes in electric fields in their immediate vicinity.
For cartilaginous fish this occurs through a specialized organ called the Ampullae of Lorenzini. Some fish passively sense changing nearby electric fields; some generate their own weak electric fields, and sense the pattern of field potentials over their body surface; and some use these electric field generating and sensing capacities for social communication.
The mechanisms by which electroceptive fish construct a spatial representation from very small differences in field potentials involve comparisons of spike latencies from different parts of the fish's body.The traditional “five senses” model (sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste) is credited to Aristotle; One such method for testing whether humans have magnetoception is by placing a strong magnetic field near a person and then disorienting them.
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Optimistic and cheerful by nature, blessed with uncanny luck, and driven by a powerful wanderlust, halflings make up for their short stature with an abundance of bravado and curiosity. In biological terms, a human being, or human, is any member of the mammalian species Homo sapiens, a group of ground-dwelling, tailless primates that are distributed worldwide and are characterized by bipedalism and the capacity for speech and language, with an erect body carriage that frees the hands for manipulating objects.
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