Somatic Senses

Somatic senses are those whose sensory receptors are associated with the skin, muscles, joints, and viscera. These senses can be divided into three groups:

1. Senses associated with changes at the body surface (exteroceptive senses), which include the senses of touch, pressure, temperature, and pain.

2. Senses associated with changes in muscles and tendons and in body position (proprioceptive senses).

3. Senses associated with changes in viscera (visceroceptive senses). Except for visceral pain, these senses are discussed in subsequent chapters.

Essentials of Human Physiology

Essentials of Human Physiology

This ebook provides an introductory explanation of the workings of the human body, with an effort to draw connections between the body systems and explain their interdependencies. A framework for the book is homeostasis and how the body maintains balance within each system. This is intended as a first introduction to physiology for a college-level course.

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