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The Skin as a Source of Temperature Signals

  • Claus Jessen

Abstract

Experiments have confirmed what an attentive observer may expect: all thermo regulatory effector mechanisms can be activated or inhibited by changes in skin temperature (Tskin). In fact, in many real—life situations Tskin can be safely as sumed to generate the decisive afferent input. This ensues from its exclusive role in temperature sensation [356,428] which is, in contrast to thermal comfort, in dependent of core temperature (Tcore). Thus, in a natural environment, changes in Tskin often guide thermal behaviour and motivate a subject to seek shelter or adapt clothing so that deviations of Tcore are reduced or even avoided [212].

Keywords

Skin Temperature Thermal Comfort Effector Mechanism Skin Blood Flow Sweat Rate 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Claus Jessen
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    • 2
  1. 1.Physiologisches InstitutJustus-Liebig-Universität GießenGießenGermany
  2. 2.Viereth-TrunstadtGermany

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