A sensation is any human perception that is directly based on the senses. The senses of vision, hearing, taste, smell and touch are interpreted over time to detect patterns that become sensations in the form of responses, ideas and emotions. The following are examples of sensations.
TemperatureTemperature isn't a direct sense but is based on feedback from a number of systems including the sense of touch.
BalanceBalance and equilibrium such as the sensation of dizziness that can occur after riding on an amusement park attraction.
FearFear can have an almost physical quality that can be based directly on the senses. For example, the fear triggered in a haunted house attraction might be caused by a sudden sight or sound.
NostalgiaEmotion based memories can be triggered by senses, particularly smell.
Light IntensityThe intensity of light on the eyes. For example, intense flashing lights can be distracting while soft ambient light is relaxing.
Pitch, Loudness and TimbreQualities that can be perceived in sound. Pitch is the sense that sounds are "low" or "high." Loudness is volume. Timbre describes the character of sound such as its spectrum and envelope.
Haptic PerceptionThe process of touch + movement. For example, reading braille by moving your finger across a surface.
PressureThe ability to sense atmospheric pressure.
Taste + SmellSmell is known to have a significant impact on taste.
Color TemperatureColor based sensations such as color temperature whereby people sense that red, orange and yellow things are hot.
ComfortA sense of well-being brought on by experiences such as pleasant music, lighting, food or furniture.
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