• Paul R. Burgess
  • Kenneth W. Horch
  • Robert P. Tuckett
Part of the Readings from the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience book series (REN)


Mechanoreceptors are widely distributed throughout the body, being found in skin, muscles, articular tissues, visceral and thoracic organs, connective tissues, and blood vessels. Wherever mechanoreceptors are found, two questions arise: How are the receptors to be classified? And what sorts of information do they provide about mechanical stimuli? We will consider cutaneous mechanoreceptors as an example of how these issues might be addressed. The general principles derived from this population of receptors also apply to mechanoreceptors in deeper tissues.


Tuning Curve Rest Position Phasic Receptor Free Nerve Ending Vibratory Stimulus 

Further reading

  1. Darian-Smith I (1984): The sense of touch: Performance and peripheral neural processes. In: Handbook of Physiology. Section I: The Nervous System. V. HI. Sensory Processes, Part 2, Darian-Smith I, ed. Bethesda: American Physiological SocietyGoogle Scholar
  2. Gordon G, ed (1977): Somatic and visceral sensory mechanisms. Br Med Bull 33:89–177Google Scholar
  3. Horch KW, Tuckett RP, Burgess PR (1977): A key to the classification of cutaneous mechanoreceptors. J Invest Dermatol 69:75–82CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Hunt CC, ed (1974): Handbook of Sensory Physiology. Muscle Receptors. V. 3/2. New York: Springer-VerlagGoogle Scholar

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© Birkhäuser Boston, Inc. 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul R. Burgess
  • Kenneth W. Horch
  • Robert P. Tuckett

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