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Latest Somatosensory system Stories

Touch Receptors In Skin Distinguish Textures Via Vibrations
2013-10-01 07:19:43

Humans can distinguish between fine textures, such as silk or satin, through vibrations a new study has found. These vibrations are picked up by two separate sets of nerve receptors in the skin and relayed to the brain.

2013-09-23 10:19:27

People can be easily tricked into believing an artificial finger is their own.

2013-06-25 13:31:58

Various areas of the brain process our sensory experiences.

Vibrations Felt On Skin May Aid In Tactile Display Innovation
2013-06-14 11:23:07

Electronic distractions that can be dangerous while driving, such as a GPS system or text message, have created a need to convey information in a non-visual way.

2013-06-13 23:26:50

Because all children love tents, Enabling Devices has created the ingenious Sensory Exploration Tent to provide a calming, private place for any young user to relax in and explore.

The Itch Molecule
2013-05-24 08:20:02

Using mouse models, researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have discovered a small molecule that is released in the spinal cord that triggers a process later experienced in the brain as the sensation of itch.

Turning Off The Cold: Neuroscientists Remove Chilly Protein From Skin
2013-02-13 07:59:08

Are you tired of being cold all the time? Do you wish you could turn the cold off at the push of a button? Well neuroscientists from the University of South Carolina (USC) may have some good news for you.

Star-Nosed Mole Reveals Mysteries Of Touch And Pain Sensing Molecules
2013-01-31 12:23:49

Located just about an inch above the human elbow is one of the most sensitive patches of skin on our body. An excess of nerve endings in this region means just a light pinch will have even those with the highest pain thresholds flinching and begging for mercy.

2012-12-12 23:22:01

When you walk into a darkened room, your first instinct is to feel around for a light switch.

Crocodiles And Alligators Are Actually Sensitive Creatures
2012-11-08 14:12:17

Crocodiles and alligators are well-known for being cold-blooded and having thick skin, but new research from a pair of Vanderbilt University scientists has shown that the ancient reptiles can be quite sensitive.


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