Somatosensory System

  • C. Vierck


The intent of this chapter is to describe research which provides correlations of neural events in the somatosensory system with their sensory accompaniments. The first part outlines the anatomical and physiological organization of the system at the early stages of processing (i.e., the periphery and spinal cord), because all subsequent coding operations of the CNS depend fundamentally on this information. The later sections of the chapter examine the system from a behavioral viewpoint; there, neural coding is discussed in relation to several sensory qualities that in the past have been studied as submodalities of somesthesis.


Receptive Field Dorsal Column Somatosensory System Glabrous Skin Spinal Pathway 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Vierck
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeuroscienceUniversity of Florida College of MedicineGainesvilleUSA

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