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Classification of Sensory Receptors
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Classification of Sensory Receptors

Author: Aaron Mullally

This lesson will discuss the main categories of sensory receptors and their pathways.

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Terms to Know

A sensory receptor that detects chemicals dissolved in liquids or gases.


A sensory receptor that detects pressure, position and acceleration.


A sensory receptor that detects pain.


A sensory receptor that detects changes in water volumes and therefore changes in solute concentrations.


The understanding of a sensation.


A sensory receptor that detects visible light.


The awareness of a stimulus.

Sensory System

A system that detects stimuli, converts it to a nerve impulse and sends it to the brain to be interpreted.


A sensory receptor that detects temperature changes (hot and cold).