from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the perception of sensory stimuli from the skin and internal organs: the somatosensory area of the cerebral cortex.

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to the perception of sensory stimuli produced by the skin or internal organs

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  • adj. of or relating to the somatosenses


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  • The researchers looked, for instance, at a part of the brain called the somatosensory cortex, which contains a kind of map of the body.

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  • The experiments explain how the circuitry of a region of the mouse brain called the somatosensory cortex, which processes input from the various systems in the body that respond to the sense of touch, can change.

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  • The postcentral gyrus is also known as the somatosensory cortex, or primary sensory area, because it receives sensory input from the body.

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  • Blankenburg's study pinpointed activity in a part of the brain called the somatosensory cortex, an area that maintains an internal body map.

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  • Brain scans before and after showed that while they were meditating, they had less activity in the primary somatosensory cortex, the part of the brain that registers where pain is coming from, and greater activity in the anterior cingulate cortex, which plays a role in handling unpleasant feelings.

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  • Blue and yellow LEDs would flash on and off inside genetically altered somatosensory regions of the cortex to give the user sensations of weight, temperature, and texture.

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  • Similarly, the tongue and lips send signals to the somatosensory cortex, which compare their actual placement with their expected placement.

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  • But in principle a properly placed electrode should be able to trigger neurons in his somatosensory state map as if his tongue or jaw had moved.

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  • It is not surprising that between 25 percent and 50 percent of those who seek substance abuse treatment regularly experience intrusive thoughts, nightmares and somatosensory flashbacks around trauma cues.2 It may be that many of the veterans who continued to use heroin remained in the perpetual present tense of Vietnam.

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  • In doing so, you are using your visual cortex in the occipital lobes (the part of the cortex which is in the back of your head), your somatosensory cortex in your parietal lobes (in the superior part of your head), and then exercise your executive functions in your frontal lobes (right behind your forehead) when you evaluate your hypotheses and refine them until you find the answer.

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