Pacinian corpuscles are mechanoreceptors located throughout the body, including the dermal layer of the skin, tendons and joint capsules, as well as the mesentery surrounding the intestines. Their job is to mediate the t... More »

The four different types of general sensory receptors include mechanoreceptors, thermoreceptors, chemoreceptors and nociceptors. Mechanoreceptors, thermoreceptors and nociceptors are categorized as somatosensory receptor... More »

The mesentery is the part of the peritoneum that attaches the intestines to the wall of the abdomen. The peritoneum is the tissue that lines the wall of the abdomen. More »

According to Dartmouth, the cerebral cortex is the outer layer of the brain and is responsible for numerous functions including sensation, language, creativity, motor processes, memory, abstraction, emotion, attention an... More »

Most often when discussing peripheral tissues, a speaker is referring to tissues in the immune system and the skin or other tissues mucosal in nature that have the potential to be exposed to bacteria and pathogens in the... More »

The somatosensory cortex controls the body's sense of touch. This part of the brain is located behind the frontal lobe where the motor controls are located. The area is called the parietal lobe, and the somatosensory cor... More » Science Human Anatomy Nerves

Afferent neurons carry signals to the brain and spinal cord as sensory data, and efferent neurons send signals from the brain to the muscles, glands and organs of the body in response to sensory input. More »