Senses - touch

Touch(skin sensation) – although we receive about 1.5% of sensory impressions through the skin, this sense plays a key role in the specific “system of alerting the body”. The philosopher John Locke pointed out that it is the touch that plays a key role among the senses, despite the domination of sight and hearing in the perception of stimuli. It is worth noting that this domination determined Aristotle’s recognition of sight and hearing as higher senses, in contrast to touch, smell and taste, considered by him to be lower senses (Tabaszewska, 2013), since they provide important information through the feeling of pain. “Lack of sight or hearing can be compensated, at least to some extent, whereas the compensation of the sense of touch is practically impossible.” (Woleński, 2017). This is due to the fact that the sense of touch provides information on physical obstacles in the outside world: “one can see or hear, smell or taste it (i.e. an external obstacle – author’s note), but only the touch warns that it must be avoided”.