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  • a  of or relating to the somatosenses

  • When signals from the skin or muscles bombard the motor cortex or the somatosensory cortex (which processes touch), the brain expands the area that is wired to move, say, the .
  • So for a last survey of the terrain before removing the tumor, Black uses techniques called somatosensory-evoked potentials and direct stimulation to check on the boundaries .
  • The somatosensory cortex, after all, is the region of the brain that responds to sensations registered by the skin--among them tickling, itching, tingling and burning.
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  • Columbia Scientists Identify Key Cells in Touch Sensation
    In a study published in the April 6 online edition of the journal Nature, a team of Columbia University Medical Center researchers led by Ellen Lumpkin, PhD, associate professor of somatosensory biology, solve an age-old mystery of touch: how cells just beneath the skin surface enable us to feel fine details and textures.
    April 6, 2014 - Newswise

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