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Physiology of Special Senses (BHMS)

A beautiful short course that neatly outlines the functional aspects of special senses of vision, audition, taste and smell.

Course Code 1_64
Category Undergraduate
Duration 6 hours 40 mins
Language English

Sample Lecture


About the Course

The world that you perceive out there, that seems to be infinitely vast with all its variegatedness, is but a version of your senses. Even if there is more to the reality than what you perceive through your senses, how would you know it? Isn’t the world that we move in, study and talk about, a projection of our senses? Is this all a giant figment of imagination?! Uh oh! Too philosophical, isn’t it? Well yes, these special senses really leave us in awe if we study their creative design and marvelous technology underlying their working.
Special senses of sight, hearing, taste and smell are the communicating channels between the body and the world outside. Apart from being necessary for a normal daily living, they also act as gates for knowledge and pleasure. In this course, we will concentrate on each modality of sense. While learning about vision, we touch upon optics of refraction, physiology of vision, photochemistry, visual pathway and color vision. Under audition, we learn about the mechanism of hearing, auditory pathway and deafness. Similarly, the sense of taste and smell are also covered in detail.

Target Audience

Medical students – Allopathy, Dental.
Alternative Medicine students – Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Chiropractic, Naturopathy, Acupuncture.
Para/Allied medical students – Nursing, Physiotherapy, Medical lab technicians, BSc Physiology.
Post graduate students – Otorhinology, Ophthalmology, MD/MSc/PhD Physiology, General medicine, Family medicine, Dermatology, Neurology.

Course Delivery Format

This course is delivered entirely online. It consists of a series of comprehensive lectures by a professor in the subject, appropriately annotated with slides, animations and wherever necessary, interactive content. The delivery offers tremendous flexibility. You may pause a teacher while you refer to your textbooks (not includes) and to take notes. You may also rewind a segment to listen to the teacher again or you may skip a slide or two if you already know that bit. You may bookmark a segment that you wish to return to later, maybe to refresh just before your exams.  While the lessons in this course may be arranged in a particular order based on our curriculum, you have the flexibility to take them in order of your preference based on your personalized learning needs.


While this course is to help you learn the subject from an online faculty, it may help you in several ways even if you are already enrolled in some medical, dental or paramedical school. Many of our students felt that the format in which this course is delivered has helped them to cope up against the fast paced lectures in actual class – it’s like having a TV remote in class to self-pace your teacher. Animations help understand concepts better by making concepts easy to understand… and difficult to forget.

S.No Topics Duration
1 Vision
a Functional Anatomy of The Eye 00:39:24
b Optics of Refraction 00:38:36
c Visual Pathway 00:38:46
d Physiology of Vision and Photochemistry 00:34:32
e Colour Vision 01:05:17
2 Audition
a Hearing Structure and Function of Ear 00:36:49
b Auditory Pathway and Deafness 00:36:02
c Inner Ear and Mechanism of Hearing 00:39:37
3 Taste and Smell
a Taste 00:36:14
b Smell 00:34:35

Dr. M. Prashanth Kumar
M. S. Ramaiah Medical College

Dr. Gopakumar Kartha
Professor of Physiology
Jubilee Mission Medical College

Dr. H. H. Sudhakar
Associate Professor
Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences

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Anitha Singh

Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Kadapa

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