Talk:Somatosensory system

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Tai Chi[edit]

I teach Tai Chi. I am interested in studies or research conducted on the Somatosensory system in relation to a persons balance and stimulas interpreation. The purpose of my interest to dymystify Tai Chi for the Western practioner.


sounds good


we have an organ in the inner ear that tells us our orientation (except when we spin and get dizzy because the fluid sloshes around). what is this sense called, what is the organ called, and why is it not considered a sense like the others or listed in the article? Thank you. 12:23, 11 July 2006 (UTC).

It's the vestibular sense, and most psychologists now acknowledge its existence, along with the kinaesthetic sense.

Just a few Questions[edit]

Are senses sent to the brain as electronic pulses through the nervous system? What if these could be copied and (faked) and sent to someone's mind? Would they experience it like a new world?

I think they would, just like the matrix did with Neo. You can probe certain parts of the brain and hear something (temporal lobe in that case), or see something (occipital lobe). It's put directly into that system in your brain while normally it would passed from one of your sensory organs. I wonder if we'll ever have the tech to make something like this that stimulates your brain, preferrably magnets rather than something you jack into it. You could say, take a jacuzzi, a cool breeze stuff like that. (talk) 15:55, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

Too clinical?[edit]

I was looking for the Wikipedia page on Touch, with redirected here. This article seems too clinical/medical for what I was looking for. Should it be unmerged and a separate Touch page created? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:04, 2 August 2009 (UTC)

Somatosensory disorders[edit]

There should be some mention of somatosensory disorders here. Roger (talk) 17:36, 24 October 2010 (UTC)

Tactile Feedback redirects here[edit]

This article has nary a mention of "tactile feedback" - one would expect a concept like that would have it's own article, or at least a dedicated section in a larger article. Tactile feedback is a critical factor in design of physical interfaces (keyboards in particular) which are widely used in modern society, and several articles discussing keyboards and other input devices link to "tactile feedback" (presumably assuming that such a basic term would have it's own article, rather than a redirect to a tangentially related one).

Someone researching tactile feedback should not be sent to a medical-view on the somatosensory system. That's like if the article for "deodorant" redirecting to a page detailing the olfactory system! (talk) 19:26, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

I'll Second this, There should be a sentence in a the tactile feedback article that mentions this one ("tactile feedback engages the somatosensory etc etc") with the article forwarding here. However, if there isn't a tactile feedback article made yet, without at least making a placeholder page, redirecting here is really the only option. If you're interested, perhaps you could start the page with what you've learned and cite your sources. Enotdetcelfer (talk) 23:47, 25 March 2016 (UTC)

Homunculus genitals?[edit]

I wonder why the homunculus doesn't have genitals given the importance of the sense of touch to various parts of the genital organs. Roger (talk) 16:05, 27 April 2011 (UTC)

I can think of two reasons. First, cartoon depictions of the homunculus may omit them because the genitals have a strong cortical representation and would show up obviously larger in comparison to the surrounding area on the little man image Some people might find this inappropriate. Also, I read in a Human Neuroanatomy book, page 359 (cited in the references) "The genitalia and perineum likely have their representation on the medial surface of the human brain just ventral to the representation of the toes (though this representation is unclear). Recent recordings of cerebrocortical potentials evoked by stimulation of the dorsal nerve of the penis in humans suggest a representation of the penis with the hip and upper leg near the junction of the medial to superolateral surface. Additional studies should help to clarify the location of the cortical representation of the human genitalia and perineum." DevonJamesKing (talk) 08:32, 26 November 2012 (UTC)
It's just prudery. Here is a picture that shows the genitals underneath the feet. Lova Falk talk 11:00, 1 December 2012 (UTC)

Merger proposal[edit]

I propose that Fine touch and Crude touch be merged into Somatosensory system. The content in both of those pages can easily be included in this page, and the two articles are already small enough that they will not cause a problem in the size of this page. Inks.LWC (talk) 07:49, 26 May 2011 (UTC)

Sounds reasonable. Redirecting "Fine touch" and "Crude touch" to the appropriate section(s) in this article would be good, and I wouldn't mind seeing a source attached when they're merged here. --Anthonyhcole (talk) 08:03, 26 May 2011 (UTC)
Support per rationale of proposer. Morton Shumwaytalk 11:58, 26 May 2011 (UTC).
Support per nom. Roger (talk) 12:28, 26 May 2011 (UTC)
 Done Fyunck(click) (talk) 22:33, 1 August 2012 (UTC)

The sensory function of hairs[edit]

The sensory function of hairs and its/their role in the somatosensory system is missing entirely. W.Montagna in "Evolution of Human Skin" suggested that nerve rich follicles (triggered by movements of hair shafts) are the principle mode of skin sensibility. There are other, reliable references to this function, although it ought to be self evident; if we have hairs we feel it when they are disturbed. As the first line of defense against biting bugs - buzzy bugs not merely perceived and felt, but triggering strong behavioral urges to make the sensations stop - it really deserves a bit more recognition. Ken234Fabian (talk) 22:11, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

Edit request on 12 January 2015[edit]

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Yes check.svg Done btw you don't need to add an edit link, there's one in the {{Editprotected}} provided that you set the first parameter correctly, which you did. --Redrose64 (talk) 22:28, 12 January 2015 (UTC)
Thank you, Redrose64! Old habits die hard. Face-smile.svg – Paine  02:50, 13 January 2015 (UTC)

New section System overview[edit]

Have placed this at the end of the page before Clinical significance. This section was recently added by a new editor who clearly hadn't looked into the Wiki guidelines. The references provided are not entered up correctly and some may not even be suitable; there is a repetition of certain bits of information; there is a lot of content completely uncited; the diagram provided is by the editor and there are no refs given to back up the information. Have placed this section further down, still keeping the heading but treating it more as a summary. The section is in real need of attention. No links at all are provided and it is quite badly written up. But there may be useful content to retrieve. Let's see if it can be made good. --Iztwoz (talk) 19:43, 31 March 2016 (UTC)

any connection to Soma from Brave New World?[edit]

Soma from Brave New World - based on the Somatosensory system ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:01, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

Fully protected edit request on 19 April 2017[edit]

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Thank you very much, Ancheta Wis!  Paine Ellsworth  put'r there  13:38, 19 April 2017 (UTC)