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Ch 12: The Five Senses Study Guide

About This Chapter

The Five Senses chapter of this Human Physiology Study Guide course is the simplest way to master the five senses. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of the five senses.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering the five senses material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the five senses. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the operations of the five senses
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning human physiology (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about the five senses
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra human physiology learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the five senses chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the five senses chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any five senses question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a five senses unit of a standard human physiology course. Topics covered include:

  • How the sense of smell functions
  • The anatomy of the eye and how eyesight is achieved
  • The internal and external structures of the ear
  • How balance is regulated by the ear
  • Cranial nerves and what they do

14 Lessons in Chapter 12: The Five Senses Study Guide
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Sense of Smell: Olfactory Bulb and the Nose

1. The Sense of Smell: Olfactory Bulb and the Nose

How does the sense of smell relate to your eyes? Why can we smell something in the first place? These questions and many more will be answered as we look into the olfactory bulb, chemoreceptors, cranial nerve I, and the olfactory nerve.

The Eye and Eyesight: Large Structures

2. The Eye and Eyesight: Large Structures

Would you be able to see anything without a lens in your eye? Does the lens change shape? Does the iris? What structure gives you your eye color? Find out all of this and about things like the ciliary muscles and the cornea as we delve into this lesson.

Receptors of the Back of the Eye: Retina, Rods, Cones & Fovea

3. Receptors of the Back of the Eye: Retina, Rods, Cones & Fovea

Find out how we see the world in color, what rods and cones are, and how camera film fits into all of this. In addition, you'll find out what the retina is and what gives you the ability to see at night.

How Receptors of the Eye Conduct Information via the Optic Nerve

4. How Receptors of the Eye Conduct Information via the Optic Nerve

You will learn how your eyes are able to see the image in front of you thanks to special cells called photoreceptors. In addition, these receptors have very important proteins called rhodopsin and photopsin; and all of these things work together to transmit information to your optic nerve.

The Sense of Sight: Motion, Nerves and Eye Movements

5. The Sense of Sight: Motion, Nerves and Eye Movements

Find out how cranial nerve II, cranial nerve III, cranial nerve IV, and cranial nerve VI help you see and control the movement of your eyes. You'll learn if there's a difference between those cranial nerves and that of the abducens nerve, oculomotor nerve, optic nerve, and the trochlear nerve.

Anatomy of the Ear's External Structures

6. Anatomy of the Ear's External Structures

What is the pinna? Is it the same thing as your earlobe? Does the eardrum have anything to do with the tympanic membrane? Find out as we explore all of this and other important structures involved in the sensation of hearing as sound enters your ear.

The Ear: Middle Structures and Hearing Functions

7. The Ear: Middle Structures and Hearing Functions

Find out about the malleus, incus, and stapes. You'll learn about the smallest bones in your body and find out what the ossicles are for. Finally, you'll find out how the oval window plays an important role in the transmission of sound.

The Inner Ear: Sense of Balance and Hearing

8. The Inner Ear: Sense of Balance and Hearing

Learn how water is important when it comes to your inner ear, cochlea, and sense of hearing. Find out what cool names like the bony labyrinth, semicircular canals, ampulla, and vestibule mean.

The Ear: Hair Cells, Organ of Corti & the Auditory Nerve

9. The Ear: Hair Cells, Organ of Corti & the Auditory Nerve

In this lesson, you'll learn the most important things about cranial nerve VIII, the auditory nerve and the Organ of Corti. In addition, you'll realize that even though you may not like it, your ears are quite hairy thanks to hair cells.

Cranial Nerves of the Face and Mouth: Motion and Sensation Functionality

10. Cranial Nerves of the Face and Mouth: Motion and Sensation Functionality

We wouldn't be able to talk, taste, chew, or swallow without the cranial nerves of our face and mouth. Find out how these nerves help us move our tongue and enjoy everything from kissing to food to conversation.

Cranial Nerves: The Vagus Nerve and its Functionality

11. Cranial Nerves: The Vagus Nerve and its Functionality

Find out what the vagus nerve (cranial nerve X) does in your body. While perhaps not as impressive, you'll also find out what the accessory nerve (cranial nerve XI) does and why it is important to the vagus nerve.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Definition & Causes

12. Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Definition & Causes

Have you ever wondered why some people lose their hearing? In this lesson, you will review the definition of sensorineural hearing loss, including the causes of this condition.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss Teaching Strategies

13. Sensorineural Hearing Loss Teaching Strategies

In this lesson, you will learn the definition of sensorineural hearing loss. Then you will learn some important teaching strategies for children with sensorineural hearing loss.

What is the Fovea Centralis? - Definition & Function

14. What is the Fovea Centralis? - Definition & Function

The fovea centralis is an area within the retina of the eye located in the center of the macula. This lesson is about the fovea centralis, its definition, and its function within the eye.

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