Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. General Overviews

  3. Peripheral Transduction and Encoding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Roland S. Johansson, Göran Westling
      Pages 25-48
    3. Robert H. LaMotte, Mandayam A. Srinivasan
      Pages 49-58
    4. Mandayam A. Srinivasan, Robert H. LaMotte
      Pages 59-69
    5. O. Franzén, D. Kenshalo Sr, G. Essick
      Pages 71-80
  4. Structure Connectivity and Transmitter Agents in the Somatosensory System

  5. Representations, Mapping and Modifiability

  6. Dynamic Cortical Mechanisms in Somesthesis

  7. Pain and Nociceptive Mechanisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 381-381
    2. Erik Torebjörk
      Pages 399-404
    3. Clifford J. Woolf, Stephen W. N. Thompson
      Pages 427-437
    4. James N. Campbell, Richard A. Meyer
      Pages 439-451
    5. Lars Terenius
      Pages 453-459
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 461-467

About this book


This book examines the search for building blocks of perception and the study of the neural mechanisms of tactile perception ie the neuronal representation of the external world relayed through the somatosensory system. It includes important experimental and theoretical advances in research on somesthesis. The most recent developments in quantitative techniques used in the nervous system are explained, from peripheral transduction, structure connectivity and transmitter agents to plasticity and dynamic cortical mechanisms. Each contributor discusses the significance and implications of current neurobiological knowledge essential for an understanding of tactile perception.


behavior development nervous system neural mechanisms pain perception physics research

Editors and affiliations

  • Ove Franzén
    • 1
  • Jan Westman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Human AnatomyUniversity of UppsalaSweden

Bibliographic information