Human Touch and Pain Receptors

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Human Touch and Pain Receptors

Somatosensory System

• Somoesthetic sensations – Sensations associated with skin receptors • Proprioception – Perception and position of the body including limbs

3 Receptor Types

• Mechanoreceptors – Pressure, force, vibration • Thermoreceptors – Temperature • Nociceptors – Tissue damaging stimuli


• Modality – Energy form of stimulus • Sensory neurons convert energy from stimulus into another form of energy.

• Receptor potentials – Graded responses caused by closing and opening of ion channels. – Number activated and frequency of APs generated correlated to stronger stimulus intensity perceived.


• Detect stimuli • Two main forms: – Specialized structure on peripheral end of afferent neuron.

– Separate cell that communicates via chemical synapses with associated afferent neuron.


• Respond to surrounding tissue, not air temp.

• Warm receptors – Respond to temps 35-45 °C – Beyond 45 °C APs decrease rapidly – Above 45 °C nociceptors also.


• Cold receptors – Respond to to temps 20-35 °C – Below 25 °C APs decrease rapidly – Below 10 °C also nociceptors – Also respond to temps above 45 °C • Paradoxical cold receptors


• 3 Types – Mechanical – Thermal – Polymodal

Wet Receptors?

• Brain integrates info from different sensory systems. • Combination of thermoreceptors and mechanoreceptors.

Receptor Density

B ody Part Receptor Density (cm 2 )

Fingertip, palm surface Back of finger One eye 60 pain, 100 touch 100 pain, 9 touch 90,000,000!!!!!!!!!


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