Somatic Senses and
Special Senses
Y
ouareseatedinyour favorite
restaurant, at a table not far
from the kitchen. You can feel the
fine linen of the tablecloth and
napkins. You can hear the bustling
sounds from the kitchen, such as
the clanking of pots and cooking
utensils, the orders shouted by
the chefs, and the sounds of the
dishes hitting the metal shelves
and counter tops. You can also
smell the simmering pasta sauce,
the grilling steaks, the sautéing
seafood, and the aromas of herbs.
Your waiter places your food in
front of you. You can see the bright
colors and artistic presentation of
each dish. You take a bite and savor
the flavor of the ingredients the
chef has combined in the entrée.
Perhaps you even enjoy your meal
with a glass of wine; its fragrant
bouquet and taste complement
your food perfectly. We can appre-
ciate all these facets of the dining
experience because we have so-
matic senses of touch and special
senses of sight, hearing, taste, and
smell.
Let's take a look at each of
these wonderful senses.
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