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.
KeywordsTuning Curve Rest Position Phasic Receptor Free Nerve Ending Vibratory Stimulus
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