Biological Correlates of Cognitive, Sensory and Motor Abilities
FEDERATION OF AMERICAN SOCIETIES FOR EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY BETHESDA MD
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The review of somaesthesis attempts to highlight its biological correlates and to relate somatic sensory processes to behavior. Current knowledge of the somaesthetic systems is summarized and significant gaps are noted. Exciting disclosures in the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and biophysics of somaesthetic systems are surfacing with increasing frequency as a result of modern research approaches. Progress has been rapid in the electrophysiological mapping of afferent systems from the peripheral receptors into the sensorimotor cortex and in identifying in other parts of the brain and brain stem, neurons and groups of cells which respond to somaesthetic stimulation. Sensory feedback and control are under investigation, and important revelations of perceptual processes, especially in vision and hearing, are being published.
- Anatomy and Physiology