Somatosensory Cortex: Definition, Location & Function

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What is the somatosensory cortex?

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1. How does our brain get information about our environment?

2. Why are our bodies more sensitive in some places compared to others?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of how the brain gets information from the environment and why bodies are more sensitive in some places as compared to other parts.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Utilize these resources to assess your knowledge of:

  • Somatosensory cortex
  • How brains receive information about environment
  • Why bodies are more sensitive in some places
  • Map of the somatosensory cortex
  • Damage to the somatosensory cortex

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related somatosensory cortex lesson
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the map of the somatosensory cortex and which parts of the map are associated with certain body parts
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge to answer a question about the damage that can be done to somatosensory cortex

Additional Learning

To learn more about somatosensory cortex, review the lesson called Somatosensory Cortex: Definition, Location & Function. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the role of the somatosensory cortex and how it processes sensations
  • Review the location of the somatosensory cortex
  • Recall the function of the somatosensory cortex
  • Learn about the homunculus and discover how each area of the somatosensory cortex is associated with certain areas of the body
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