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Somatic sense

Somatic sense

Author: Aaron Mullally
Description:

This lesson will describe how your body detects and interprets somatic sensations.

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Tutorial
TERMS TO KNOW
  • Sensory Adaptation

    An adaptation to a stimulus or becoming less aware of a stimulus over time.

  • Referred Pain

    A person's perception of pain that can be wrongly projected from an internal organ to the body's surface because the brain cannot pinpoint the source of the pain.

  • Visceral Pain

    Pain felt in the internal organs.

  • Somatic Pain

    Pain felt in the skin, skeletal muscles, joints or tendons.

  • Pain

    Perceived pain to the body.

  • Encapsulated Receptor

    A type of sensory receptor encapsulated or enclosed in epithelial or connective tissue.

  • Free Nerve Ending

    Receptors that detect touch, pressure, heat, cold and pain.

  • Somatosensory Cortex

    A location in the cerebrum that interprets somatic sensations.

  • Somatic Sensations

    Sensations such as touch, pressure and pain that are detected by sensory receptors in the body.