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What do Sensory Systems do?

They transduce information from the external or internal environment into electrical signals.

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What are Sensations?

Transmitting sensory information to the CNS.

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What is Perception?

The integration of multi-sensory information within the CNS.

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What are Sensors?

Composed of single or multiple sensory cells, react to a stimulus.

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What are the two types of sensory receptors?

Sensory receptor neuron [modified afferent neuron, with a trigger zone (no synapse) that triggers generator potential] and Epithelial sensory receptor cell [involves a receptor cell and afferent neuron with a synapse, triggers a receptor potential].

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What are Four Common Functions of Senses?

1. Detection (absorption)
2. Transduction (sensory information into cellular energy)
3. Amplification/Filtering of Signal (often through 2nd messengers)
4. Electrical Output (Integration/spreading, to CNS)

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What is a Phasic Receptor?

Where adaptations occur rapidly.
Example: touch receptors.

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What is a Tonic Receptor?

Where adaptation is slow to adapt. Example: stretch muscle receptors.

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What do sensory neurons with a small receptive field provide?

More localization of the stimulus.

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What does lateral inhibition do?

Important for stimulus localization, lateral inhibition enhances contrast. Only the network directly affected by the stimulus will continue to fire.

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What do sensory organs do?

Collect information, filter information (e.g. eyes filter out certain light), and amplify information (e.g. ears amplify low level sounds).

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What are Thermoreceptors?

Sensory receptors that detect changes in temperature (e.g. receptors in skin and deep in body).

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What are Noicereceptors?

Sensory receptors that detect pain (e.g. heat, cold, pressure, chemicals).

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What are Mechanoreceptors?

Sensory receptors that detect mechanical energy (e.g. ears, hair cells, stretch receptors, statocysts).

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What are Chemoreceptors?

Sensory receptors that deal with gustation (taste) and olfaction (smell) (e.g. taste buds, insect antennae).

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What are Photoreceptors?

Sensory receptors that detect light (e.g. eyes, pits of crotalid snakes).

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What are Electromagnetic-receptors?

Sensory receptors that detect electrical energy (e.g. electric fish).

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True or False: A sensory receptor can detect more than one stimulus type.

True. Example: some nocireceptors can detect temperature, pressure, and chemicals.

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How does a single sensory receptor encode different stimuli?

By varying the temporal pattern of AP frequency.