5 Commonly Learned Senses
In researching this a little, I discovered that scientists are still divided on the additional senses. Some link them to specific sensory organs in our bodies (eyes, ears, olfactory, tongue, skin - but also inner ear, etc.). Some consider that there are subcategories to the main 5.
Regardless of classification, here are some additional senses that most of the websites I reviewed agreed on:
- Temperature - Hold/Cold
- Sense of where your limbs and body parts are
In paranormal romance, we are dealing with creatures that don't have just their human senses. They could potentially have heightened sense. Take werewolves and wolf shifters for example. Several articles pointed out that animals have heightened versions of these senses. Dogs smell 100x better than humans. So it stands to reason my wolf shifters would as well.
Think about having fun with the possibilities this presents. For example:
A dragon might be cold intolerant, because they like heat better. They might also have a great sense of balance which could be needed for flying. How much fun would a dragon with inner-ear issues be to write, because suddenly they are grounded (and more interesting).
A vampire might be a great CSI because they can taste elements in blood. What if they could be a DNA tester? Or blood-alcohol tester?
A psychic can't stand to be touched because it triggers visions. That'll make intimate relationships difficult. Build in conflict right there.
I think you get where I'm going now. (In fact, I might go write that dragon with balance issues right now.)