Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Puce, A. and Carey, L. 2010. Somatosensory Function. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Somatosensory function is the ability to interpret bodily sensation. Sensation takes a number of forms, including touch, pressure, vibration, temperature, itch, tickle, and pain. The somatosensory system allows us to interpret sensory messages received from our body and consists of sensory receptors located in the skin, tissues, and joints; the nerve cell tracts in the body and spinal cord; and brain centers that process and modulate incoming sensory information (Figure 1).
- somatosensory system;
- touch sensation;