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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System$
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Alain Berthoz, Werner Graf, and P. P. Vidal

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195068207

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.001.0001

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Somatosensory Pathways from the Neck

Somatosensory Pathways from the Neck

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(p.171) Chapter 24 Somatosensory Pathways from the Neck
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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System
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David J. Tracey

Philip S. Bolton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.003.0024

The neck is full of mechanoreceptors that play a significant role in the control of posture. However, it is only lately that we have gathered detailed information about the terminations of these receptors in the spinal cord and medulla, and comparatively little was known about their main connections and the ascending pathways that convey data from neck receptors to higher centers. The ascending pathways that convey data from somatosensory receptors to the cerebral cortex have been studied for many years. For technical reasons, most early research was executed on pathways from mechanoreceptors in the hindlimb of the cat, which involve medullary relays in the gracile nucleus and nucleus z.

Keywords:   neck, mechanoreceptor, somatosensory receptors, pathways, medullary relays, nucleus

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