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The Sense of Touch: Performance and Peripheral Neural Processes

Handbook of Physiology, The Nervous System, Sensory Processes

  1. Ian Darian-Smith

Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/cphy.cp010317

Comprehensive Physiology

Comprehensive Physiology

How to Cite

Darian-Smith, I. 2011. The Sense of Touch: Performance and Peripheral Neural Processes. Comprehensive Physiology. 739–788.

Author Information

  1. Department of Anatomy, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2011


The sections in this article are:

  • 1
    Evolution of Primate Hand
  • 2
    Structure of Nerve Terminals in Skin and Underlying Tissues
    • 2.1
      Morphological Classification
    • 2.2
      Innervation of Ridged Glabrous Skin in Primate
    • 2.3
      Innervation of Hairy Skin
    • 2.4
      Innervation of Mucocutaneous Regions of Skin
    • 2.5
      Innervation of Joints in Primate and Nonprimate Mammals
  • 3
    Functional Characterization of Mechanoreceptor Fibers Innervating Skin, Joints, and Other Somatic Tissues
    • 3.1
      Taxonomy of Somatic Mechanoreceptive Fibers
    • 3.2
      Mechanoreceptive Fibers Innervating Ridged Glabrous Skin in Primate
    • 3.3
      Mechanoreceptive Fibers Innervating Hairy Skin
    • 3.4
      Mechanoreceptive Fibers Innervating Joints
  • 4
    Transfer of Sensory Information from Somatic Tissues to Central Nervous System
    • 4.1
      Peripheral Neural Representation of Indentation of Skin
    • 4.2
      Neural Representation of Cutaneous Vibratory Stimuli
    • 4.3
      Neural Representation of Textured Surfaces
    • 4.4
      Sensing Position and Movement of Limb Parts: Peripheral Neural Mechanisms
  • 5