Latest Somatosensory system Stories
Thank goodness for your spinal cord on icy treks! In a recent study, professor Martyn Goulding and his colleagues explain that when we need to keep our balance on slick surfaces such as ice, there is a cluster of neurons in our spinal cords, which serve as a sort of “mini-brain.”
Different types of nerves and skin receptors work in concert to produce sensations of touch
New research in the burgeoning field of tactile technology at the University of California-Berkeley has discovered that people who are blind or visually impaired tend to outmaneuver their sighted counterparts – especially when they used both hands and multiple fingers to find their way around.
A new UCL study defines for the first time how our ability to identify where it hurts, called "spatial acuity", varies across the body, being most sensitive at the forehead and fingertips.
Our sense of touch can be simply an awareness, such as picking up a spoon, or it can evoke powerful emotions, such as when we receive a gentle caress.
The act of juggling is shedding new light on the role our vision and sense of touch have in helping control the way we engage in rhythmic movements such as running, researchers from John Hopkins University reported in the Journal of Neurophysiology.
Dennis Aabo Sorensen is the first amputee in the world to feel sensory rich information -- in real-time -- with a prosthetic hand wired to nerves in his upper arm; Sorensen could grasp objects intuitively and identify what he was touching while blindfolded
Ultrasound, which is used by creatures such as bats and whales as a type of sensory guidance system, can also boost sensory perception in humans by modulating brain activity, according to new research appearing in Sunday’s online edition of Nature Neuroscience.
Currently intraoperative monitoring using somatosensory evoked potentials has been widely recognized to prevent iatrogenic spinal cord injury.
Disney researchers in Pittsburgh have discovered a way to relay a tactile, 3D touch to flat surfaces. In the same way a person can pass their finger over a 3D topographic map and feel the peaks and valleys against their skin, this new advancement could make the same interaction possible on touchscreen devices.
- Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.