The Somatosensory System

Stewart Hendry, Steven Hsiao

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The somatosensory system has many responsibilities. Beyond the obvious need to bring to consciousness the events that occur along the skin surface, this system provides an organism with knowledge of where it is in space, and it provides the motor system with feedback to control and coordinate action. Those are functions so diverse that minute variations on a common theme cannot accomplish them all. That is, the many demands on the somatosensory system cannot be met by subtle changes in gene expression or pattern of synapses or location of cell bodies. As a result, single neurons, large ensembles and groups of interconnected regions in the somatosensory system use different tactics and strategies to achieve the goals of perception, homeostasis and sensory guidance of movement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFundamental Neuroscience
Subtitle of host publicationFourth Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780123858719
ISBN (Print)9780123858702
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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