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Sensations and General Senses

sensationsinterpretations of sensory impulses by the cerebral cortex
projectionprocess by which the brain makes a sensation seem to come from the body part being stimulated
sensory adaptationdecrease in the formation of impulses by a receptor when repeatedly stimulated by the same stimulus
heat receptorsdeep in dermis; most sensitive to temps above 25 degrees C
cold receptorscloser to surface of dermis; most sensitive to temps below 20 degrees C
mechanoreceptorspressue and touch receptors
Pacinian corpusclespressure receptors in dermis, ligaments, and tendons
free nerve endingspain, touch, itch, and temperature
referred painprojection of pain to a site different than the source of the pain

AP Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology Instructor
Watertown High School and Lake Area Technical Institute

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