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(1) Of, relating to, or pertaining to the perception of sensory stimuli coming from the skin or internal organs.

(2) Pertaining to sensation not related to specialized senses (such as sight) but on the body's superficial and deep body parts.


Word origin: somato- from soma (body) + sensory

Related form(s): somatosensation (noun) Related term(s):

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Neuroscience question

OK, so I'm having trouble understanding a particular part of the nervous system. The skin is connected to the primary somatosensory cortex through afferent (receving information) neurons. As I understand it, there is only one ganglion connecting the central nervous system to the skin, ...

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by Condraz23
Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:17 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Neuroscience question
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Cause of the foot fetish.

Are foot fetishes caused by the feet and genitals occupy adjacent areas of the somatosensory cortex? Could that explain why they are relatively common.

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by SpacePerson
Sat Dec 19, 2009 11:36 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Cause of the foot fetish.
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The Fiber Disease

... Schwartz, J.H., Jessell, T.M. 2000. Principles of Neural Science, 4th ed., pp.472-479. McGraw-Hill, New York. Nervous system - Sensory system - Somatosensory system - [ edit] Spinal pathway: Somatosensory information Medial lemniscus: Touch (Pressure & Vibration) | Proprioception Spinothalamic ...

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by Skytroll
Wed Oct 25, 2006 3:14 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: The Fiber Disease
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