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Somatosensory Function

  1. Aina Puce1,
  2. Leeanne Carey2

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0929

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Puce, A. and Carey, L. 2010. Somatosensory Function. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

Author Information

  1. 1

    West Virginia University School of Medicine

  2. 2

    National Stroke Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia

Publication History

  1. 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;
  • tickle;
  • pain;
  • itch