Somatosensation is the sensory experience of one’s body. The most obvious sensory experiences are the sense of touch (e.g., pressure, warmth, vibration) and pain (burns, cuts, pinches). More subtle senses are proprioceptive senses—the sense of where parts of our body are in the world and relative to each other. Proprioception will be addressed in the next chapter, so this chapter will just address the senses of touch and pain.


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