Skin mechanoreceptors, sensory receptors, duration of stimulus

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Health + Exercise Science
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HES 319
Brian Tracy

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24 February Mechanoreceptors in the skin Rapidly adapting receptor: turns on and off fast, on for less time Greater location accuracy Slowly adapting: turn on and off slowly, on longer Meissner’s corpuscles – fine, light touch, rapidly adapting, numerous Merkel disk receptors – pressure, slowly adapting, numerous Pacinian corpuscles – vibration, pressure, rapidly adapting, less numerous (deep pressure) Ruffini ending – skin stretch, slowly adapting, less numerous, lined up so they can convey stretch direction Hair receptors – hair displacement Field receptors – skin stretch Glabrous skin – hairless (palm verses back of hand, top vs bottom of foot)
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