The Sensory System: Definition, Parts & Functions

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Why is the primary sensory cortex important?

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1. Which part of the brain acts like a switchboard that sends signals from one part of the brain to another?

2. The nose and tongue depend on _____ to obtain information about the world.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The sensory system actually comprises at least 7 different senses and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of their parts and functions. Some things you'll be assessed on include anatomy and physiology of the seven main senses.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The location of touch and proprioception processing
  • Types of receptors found in the ears, nose, tongue and skin
  • Classification of sensory receptors

Skills Practiced

This quiz/worksheet allows students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about the sensory system
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define the different senses and their components
  • Knowledge application - access the knowledge you've gained regarding anatomy and physiology of the sensory system

Additional Learning

To learn more about senses, review the accompanying lesson on The Sensory System: Definition, Parts & Functions. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define sensory system and receptor
  • Name the seven human senses
  • Differentiate between chemoreceptor, mechanoreceptor, thermoreceptor, electromagnetic receptor and pain receptor
  • Explain the role in sensation played by the primary sensory cortex, thalamus, temporal cortex, Wernicke's area, midbrain, medulla oblongata, primary visual cortex, olfactory bulb, olfactory cortex and limbic system
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