The Human Sensory
Apparatus responds in terms of feelings, to stimuli registered from both within and outside the body. The impetus for the response and reaction of the sensory apparatus, is the conditions of the immediate present environment, which produces sensations to which the sensory apparatus perceives and
may be required to respond, such as sudden temperature change or bodily
urges. This response is anything from the smell of garlic to a muscle pain, the sight of an object flying toward one, to the taste or vinegar. Nearly every sensory response produces feeling. The feelings produced by the Human Sensory Apparatus are identical or fairly similar for almost every individual. Nearly everyone likes to eat food, but hardly anyone is so fond of eating tree leaves. This means that on a sensory level, most sensations and the response they produce as feelings, are for the most part common to all.
The sensory apparatus can also be stimulated by the memory independent of present sensory experience. If one thinks Apple Pie, one may recall the taste automatically by the process of the memory. What is perceived and sensed is recognized and identified by the memory through the process of
Association, which is the memory
of things sensed in the past. A specific dog in a pack may be associated with
the neighbor as the neighbor's dog. Association also has attached to it feelings which were present in past experience. One may remember or associate the
smell of the neighbor's dog fur, when identifying it from the pack. Present
sensory experience can be altered by past associations, as for instance the present experience of a harmless spider may be altered by association with
a spider bite in the past. The associations themselves can also be altered by
the individual's thinking and by the words of others, about the subject after the fact. For instance there was really not as much danger standing near to the cliff edge, as was imagined later.
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