The Genital Sensory System

  • James D. Rose
Part of the Readings from the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience book series (REN)


The genital sensory system has a unique constellation of properties, including sensory discriminative operations typical of somatic sensation, the affective and motivational characteristics of genital sensation, and various behavioral and endocrine control functions vital to reproduction. Genital sensory function is also unique in that sexual dimorphism is most extreme in the genital organs, thus providing the brain with a notably different view of the body periphery in the two sexes.


Pudendal Nerve Dorsal Nerve Penile Shaft Female External Genitalia Nucleus Gracilis 
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Further reading

  1. Cottrell DF, Iggo I, Kitchell RL (1978): Electrophysiology of the afferent innervation of the penis of the domestic ram. J Physiol 283:347–367Google Scholar
  2. Price DD, Bushneil MC, Iadarola MJ (1981): Primary afferent and sacral dorsal horn neuron responses to vaginal probing in the cat. Neurosci Lett 26:67–72CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Rose JD (1979): Anatomical distribution and sensory properties of brain stem and posterior diencephalic neurons responding to genital, somatosensory, and nociceptive stimulation in the squirrel monkey. Exp Neurol 66:169–185CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Ueyama T, Mizuno N, Nomura S, Konishi A, Itoh K, Arakawa, H (1984): Central distribution of afferent and efferent components of the pudendal nerve in cat. J Comp Neurol 222:38–46CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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  • James D. Rose

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