While your other four senses (sight, hearing, smell, and taste) are located in specific parts of the body, your sense of touch is found all over. This is because your sense of touch originates in the bottom layer of your skin called the dermis. The dermis is filled with many tiny nerve endings which give you information about the things with which your body comes in contact. They do this by carrying the information to the spinal cord, which sends messages to the brain where the feeling is registered.
Some areas of the body are more sensitive than others because
they have more nerve endings. Have you ever bitten your tongue and wondered
why it hurt so much? It is because the sides of your tongue have a lot
of nerve endings that are very sensitive to pain. However, your tongue
is not as good at sensing hot or cold. That is why it is easy to burn your
mouth when you eat something really hot. Your fingertips are also very
sensitive. For example, people who are blind use their fingertips to read
Braille by feeling the patterns of raised dots on their paper. To learn
more about Braille, click on the word "Braille" located on the left-hand
side of this page!