Cutaneous Senses

Cutaneous Senses include touch and everything else we feel through our skin: temperature, texture, pressure, vibration, and pain. For example, when we run our fingers over a rough surface, receptors in the skin of our fingertips send information about the surface’s texture to our brain. These receptors also sense whether the surface is hot or cold and whether it’s moving or stationary. In addition, nerve endings in our skin alert the brain to any painful stimuli, so if a surface is too hot we quickly move our hand away!

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