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Know your Neurobiology: The Vestibular System Part 1

Hanging beds were used to stimulate the vestibular system by ancient Greek physiciansto reduce pain and to induce sleep. Roman physicians used vestibular stimulation to treatmental illness. The Victorians used a spinning chair to treat mania. Parents across the planet rock their babies to calm them and when looking for excitement we head for the [...]

Know your Neurobiology: The Proprioceptive System Part 2

Proprio (ourselves) ception (perception): the awareness of our body parts, their actions, our body size and shape, our current body postures, monitoring of self-motion, our memories of movements we can undertake all of these are largely down to our proprioceptive sense.  This sense is based on sensory signals provided to the central nervous system (brainand [...]

Know your Neurobiology: The Proprioceptive System Part 1

Proprioception gives us our senses of position and movement throughout our body, it gives the sense of effort, force, heaviness, stretch, speed of movement. It knows where body parts are without seeing them. Together with tactile and interoception it gives us a body scheme. Together with vestibular and vision it enables us to maintain postures [...]

Know your Neurobiology: Tactile System

The rich tactile world we inhabit is accessed through our skin. Our skin is our largest organ and as such has a wide-ranging impact on our development, our behaviours and our understanding of the social and physical world we inhabit. We can chunk its role into three main functions. To protect, regulate, and discriminate. These distinct [...]

Know your Neurobiology: Tactile Discrimination

Tactile discrimination is about our somatosensory cortex receiving and processing detailed tactile information, together with proprioceptive information, and integrating it with other detailed sensory information from vision, auditory etc to build neuronal connections and create libraries of malleable memory maps of the world around us. These memory maps are ‘experience-dependent’ we have to explore the world to build the library. [...]