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PSY 456: Week 9 Notes

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Notes from Ch 14 and lecture on 4/5-4/7
Sensation & Perception
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Date Created: 04/10/16
Ch 14: The Cutaneous Senses Somatosensory System ● Three Parts ○ Cutaneous Senses ­ perception from the skin ○ Proprioception ­ position of body and limbs ○ Kinesthesis ­ movement of body and limbs Cutaneous System ● Skin ­ heaviest organ in the body ○ Protects ­ keeps agents from penetrating body ○ Epidermis ­ outer layer of skin ■ dead skin cells ○ Dermis ­ below epidermis ■ Mechanoreceptors ● Shallow ○ Merkel Receptor ■ fires  continuously while stimulus is present ■ respon sible for sensing fine details ○ Meissner Corpuscle ■ fires  when stimulus is first applied and removed ■ respon sible for controlling hand grip ● Deeper ○ Ruffini Cylinder ■ fires  continuously to stimulation ■ perceiv es stretching of skin ○ Pacinian Corpuscle ■ fires  when stimulus first applied and removed ■ associ ated with sensing rapid vibrations and fine texture ○ Pathways from Skin to Cortex ■ nerve fibers travel in bundles to the spinal cord ■ Two major Pathways ● Medial Lemniscal Pathway: large  fibers carry proprioceptive (where body is) and touch information ● Spinothalamic Pathway: smaller  fibers carry temperature and pain information ● they cross over to the opposite side  of the body and synapse in the thalamus ■ Somatosensory Cortex ● signals travel from the thalamus to  the somatosensory receiving area (S1) and the secondary  receiving area (S2) in the parietal lobe ● body map (homunculus) allocation of senses ○ plasticity in neural  functioning leads to multiple homunculi ○ changes allocation of  cortical cells Perceiving Details ● Measuring Tactile Acuity ○ Two­Point Threshold: minimum separation between points to  perceive as separate ○ Grading Acuity: indicate the orientation of the rating ○ Raised Pattern Identification: using patterns to determine the  smallest size that can be identified ● Receptor Mechanism for Tactile Acuity ○ high density of Merkel receptors in the fingertips ■ densely packed on the fingertip ○ body areas with high acuity have larger areas of cortical tissues  devoted to them ■ also smaller receptive fields on the skin Perceiving Vibration ● Pacinian Corpuscle (PC) primarily responsible for sensing vibration ○ fibers without the PC only respond to continuous pressure Perceiving Texture ● Katz proposed that perception of texture depends on two cues ○ Spatial Cues: size, shape, and distribution of surface elements ○ Temporal Cues: rate of vibration as skin is moved across finely  textured surfaces ● Two receptors may be responsible for this process: called the duplex theory of  texture perception Perceiving Objects ● active touch to interact with the environment ● Haptic Perception: active exploration of 3D objects with the hand ○ Three Systems ■ Sensory System ■ Motor System ■ Cognitive System ● Psychophysical Research ○ people can identify objects haptically in one to two seconds ○ Klatzky et al. ■ shown that people use Exploratory Procedures  (EPs) ● Lateral Motion ● Contour Following ● Pressure ● Enclosure ● Physiology ○ firing pattern of groups of mechanoreceptors signal shape ○ neurons further upstream, more specialized Pain ● multimodal phenomenon containing sensory component and emotional  component ● Three Types ○ Inflammatory Pain: damage to tissues and joints or by tumor cells ○ Neuropathic Pain: damage to the central nervous system ■ brain damage caused by stroke ■ repetitive movements  ● carpal tunnel syndrome ○ Nociceptive: signals of impending damage to the skin ■ transmit pain signals to the spinal cord and brain ■ some respond to heat, chemicals, pressure, cold ■ threshold of receptor warns of damage, but not  affected by normal activity ● the Brain and Pain ○ Pain Matrix ■ Subcortical Areas ● hypothalamus, limbic system,  thalamus ■ Cortical Areas ● S1, insula, anterior cingulate,  prefrontal cortices ○ Hoffauer et al ■ presented with potentially painful stimuli and asked  to rate ● pain intensity ● unpleasantness ■ brain activity measured while hands in hot water ■ hypnosis used to increase or decrease sensory and affective component ■ Results: ● suggestions to change subjective  intensity changed ratings and S1 activity ● suggestions to change  unpleasantness did not change subjective ratings, but did change  ratings of unpleasantness ○ Endorphins ■ evidence that endorphins reduce pain ● injecting naloxone blocks the  receptor sites causing more pain ● naloxone also decreases the  effectiveness of placebos ● individuals who release more  endorphins can withstand higher pain levels ● Direct Pathway Model (Early Model) ○ nociceptors are stimulated and send signals to the brain ○ Problems ■ pain can be affected by mental state and attention ■ pain can occur with no stimulation ■ phantom limbs ● Gate Control Model ○ “gate” consists of substantia gelatinosa cells in the spinal cord  (SG­ and SG+) ○ input into the gate comes from ■ Large Diameter (L) Fibers: information from tactile  stimuli (mechanoreceptors) ■ Small Diameter (S) Fibers: information from  nociceptors ■ Central Control: information from cognitive factor  from the cortex ● Cognition and Pain ○ Expectation ■ patients and pain medication ■ placebos ○ Shifting Attention ■ virtual reality ○ Content of Emotional Distraction ■ keep hands in cold water longer when shown  positive pictures ○ Derbyshire  ■ investigate hypnotically induced pain ■ thermal stimulator attached to the palm ■ 3 Conditions ● Physically induced pain ● hypnotically induced pain ● control: imagined pain ■ Results: ● subjective reports & fMRI showed  hypnosis produced pain perception The Effects of Observing Touch and Pain in Others  ● Keyser et al. ○ being touched vs. watching people or objects being touched ○ similar brain areas activated ● Meyer et al. ○ showed films of hands haptically exploring objects ○ both visual and S1 areas activated ● Singer et al. ○ romantically involved couples participated ○ woman’s brain activity measured by fMRI ○ the women either received shocks or she watched partner receive  shocks ○ Results: ■ similar brain areas activated in both conditions Congenital Insensitivity to Pain ● Hereditary Sensory and Autonomic Neuropathy ● Mutations in the SCN9A gene ○ SCN9A gene provides instructions for making a sodium channel  (NaV1.7) ○ NaV1.7 found in nociceptors: cause congenital insensitivity to pain ■ production of nonfunctional alpha subunits that  cannot be incorporated into NaV1.7 channels ■ as a result, the channels are not formed


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