Thermoreception and Temperature Regulation in Man

  • H. Hensel
  • K. Schafer


The study of thermal physiology in man includes the investigation of temperature sensation and thermal comfort, recording of afferent impulses from thermoreceptors as well as the study of autonomic temperature regulation and thermoregulatory behavior. Thermal sensors in man are not only involved in conscious temperature sensations but also play an important role in autonomic and behavioral responses of the organism to its thermal environment. In order to account for this variety of functions, the concept of “Thermoreception” was introduced.1 In 1974 the Encyclopedia Britannica adopted this term,2 defining it “as a process in which different levels of heat energy (temperature) are detected by living things”.


Receptive Field Skin Temperature Thermal Comfort Hairy Skin Afferent Impulse 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Hensel
    • 1
  • K. Schafer
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of PhysiologyUniversity of MarburgMarburgFederal Republic of Germany

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