The Physics and Physiology of Mechanoreception

Guido Dehnhardt and Björn Mauck

in Sensory Evolution on the Threshold

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780520252783
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934122 | DOI:
The Physics and Physiology of Mechanoreception

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This chapter discusses the physics, receptors, and physiology of mechanoreception. It first describes the physical parameters that influence mechanosensory information and how mechanical stimuli convey information during active touch or haptic exploration of an object. It also discusses medium disturbances such as water surface waves and hydrodynamic midwater events, and analyses how these disturbances enable predators to detect prey-borne motions. Finally, it describes the morphological and functional properties of mechanoreceptors.

Keywords: receptors; mechanoreception; mechanosensory information; mechanical stimuli; medium disturbances; mechanoreceptors

Chapter.  3760 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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