The special senses help us communicate with our environment. A special sense is one that has a specific organ associated with it, like the nose, tongue, ear, and eye. The special senses consist of smell, taste, hearing, balance, and vision.
Based on what your last name starts with, use the key listed below to identify what your assigned special sense is for this discussion:
Last name starts with A-I = Hearing
Last name starts with J-R = Smell
Last name starts with S-Z = Vision
Based on your assigned special sense, answer the following questions:
Briefly describe the anatomy and physiology of your assigned special sense.
Imagine you are without your special sense. Create and briefly describe an emergency, like a fire, and answer the following questions based on your emergency.
Explain how your special sense loss would give you an advantage over the other groups’ lost special sense in the emergency you have created. Explain the reasoning behind your advantages.
In this same scenario, how would your special sense loss put you at a disadvantage compared to the other groups? Explain your reasoning.
Explain how you would adapt to the emergency using the remainder of your intact senses. Be specific.