I'm having difficulty recalling the word for the unique sensory space of an organism. Or it might be the word for the impression derived from those unique senses, I'm not totally sure. It would be used as follows:

The human ______ is comprised of sight, smell, taste, touch and sound, and differs from the ______ of a bat.

I believe I encountered it in Valentino Braitenberg's "Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology."

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    I would say sensory apparatus or system, or how about sensorium? Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 2:42
  • I could use sensory apparatus, but I would prefer the single word. I think it was a German word with no English equivalent. (I realize it's disingenuous to ask on an English forum about a German word, if it is in fact German...)
    – Mike
    Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 2:44
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    My German dictinary says this: Sensorium {n}; Empfindungsvermögen {n}; Sinnesapparat {m}. Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 2:47

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If you're looking for a single noun: sensorium.

1. a part of the brain or the brain itself regarded as the seat of sensation.
2. the sensory apparatus of the body.


The Human perception is comprised of sight, smell, taste, touch and sound, and differs from the ______ of a bat that of a bat.

OED: perception

3.a. The process of becoming aware of physical objects, phenomena, etc., through the senses; an instance of this.

1736 Bp. J. Butler Analogy of Relig. i. i. 20 The whole Apparatus of Vision, or of Perception by any other of our Senses.

1867 Sci. Amer. Dec. 355/1 Prof. Tyndall..states that the perception by the ear of musical sounds and the range of hearing in general is limited by quite narrow bounds.

1913 E. Pound in Poetry Mar. 206 Don't mess up the perception of one sense by trying to define it in terms of another.

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