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Friday, September 15, 2017

Definitions for sensorium

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

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Citations for sensorium
The ringing of the bell and the rap upon the door struck likewise strong upon the sensorium of my uncle Toby, but it excited a very different train of thoughts ... Lawrence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Volume II, 1759
When Carlotta plugged into the electronic universe of the Pacifican media network, the immediate ground-level world outside faded almost at once from the surface of her mind as her sensorium went multiplex and electronic. Norman Spinrad, A World Between, 1979
Origin of sensorium
1640-1650
The Late Latin noun sēnsōrium is a derivative of the verb sentτre “to discern by the senses, perceive, feel.” Sensorium is a rare word, first occurring and probably coined in the sense “seat or organ of sensation" by the Roman statesman and philosopher Boëthius (475?-525? a.d.), in his commentary on Aristotle’s Topics. By the 17th century sensorium meant “the seat or organ within the brain where sensations or perceptions were united.” Nowadays sensorium refers to the areas of the brain that receive, process, and interpret incoming sensory information, enabling the individual to be consciously aware of the outside world.
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