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(ˌsɒmɪsˈθiːzɪə) or






(Psychology) sensory perception of bodily feelings like touch, pain, position of the limbs, etc
[C20: from Greek sōma body + aesthesia]
somaesthetic, somesthetic adj
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Noun1.somaesthesia - the perception of tactual or proprioceptive or gut sensations; "he relied on somesthesia to warn him of pressure changes"
perception - the process of perceiving
feeling - a physical sensation that you experience; "he had a queasy feeling"; "I had a strange feeling in my leg"; "he lost all feeling in his arm"
prickling, tingling, tingle - a somatic sensation as from many tiny prickles
pressure sensation, pressure - the somatic sensation that results from applying force to an area of skin; "the sensitivity of his skin to pressure and temperature was normal"
pain sensation, painful sensation, pain - a somatic sensation of acute discomfort; "as the intensity increased the sensation changed from tickle to pain"
temperature - the somatic sensation of cold or heat
2.somaesthesia - the faculty of bodily perception; sensory systems associated with the body; includes skin senses and proprioception and the internal organs
interoception - sensitivity to stimuli originating inside of the body
cutaneous senses, sense of touch, skin senses, touch modality, touch - the faculty by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body (especially the hands); "only sight and touch enable us to locate objects in the space around us"
proprioception - the ability to sense the position and location and orientation and movement of the body and its parts
skin perceptiveness, tactility, touch perception, tactual sensation - the faculty of perceiving (via the skin) pressure or heat or pain
feeling of movement, kinaesthesia, kinesthesia - the perception of body position and movement and muscular tensions etc
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Salvia users were asked to fill out two surveys that required retrospective recall and analysis of users' most recent Salvia experience: (1) the Hallucinogen Rating Scale (HRS), which measures psychedelic-induced subjective effects, includes 71-items that are allotted into six scales: somaesthesia, affect, volition, cognition, perception and intensity (Strassman et al.
1994) consists of 100 items, with individual items assessing one of six factors: somaesthesia (reflecting somatic effects); affect (sensitive to emotional and affective responses); volition (indicating the volunteer's capacity to willfully interact with herself and/or the environment); cognition (describing modifications in thought process or content); perception (measuring visual, auditory, gustatory, and olfactory experiences); and intensity (which reflects the strength of the overall experience).