Somatosensation: Definition & Process


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___ is the ability for the body to sense things like pain, pressure, temperature, and joint position.

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1. The ability to detect and differentiate between hot and cold is called which one of the following?

2. If someone pokes you, you'll feel this pressure thanks to which one of the following?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Somatosensation is your body's ability to experience external stimuli. It allows you to sense pain, pressure, and temperature. This quiz will walk you through the various types of somatosensation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will assess your knowledge of the following:

  • Nociception
  • Proprioception
  • Thermoreception
  • Mechanoreception

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - confirm that you have retained the most important information from the related lesson on somatosensation
  • Defining key concepts - Identify and define several key terms, such as thermoreception and mechanoreception
  • Distinguishing differences - properly differentiate the different types of somatosensation

Additional Learning

To learn more about this concept, review the accompanying lesson called Somatosensation: Definition & Process. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Study how the process occurs in the body
  • Explain the role of the central nervous system
  • Explore the location of pain sensors throughout the body