Nociceptors—Noxious Stimulus Detectors

  title={Nociceptors—Noxious Stimulus Detectors},
  author={C. Woolf and Q. Ma},
  • C. Woolf, Q. Ma
  • Published 2007
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Neuron
  • In order to deal effectively with danger, it is imperative to know about it. This is what nociceptors do--these primary sensory neurons are specialized to detect intense stimuli and represent, therefore, the first line of defense against any potentially threatening or damaging environmental inputs. By sensing noxious stimuli and contributing to the necessary reactions to avoid them--rapid withdrawal and the experience of an intensely unpleasant or painful sensation, nociceptors are essential… CONTINUE READING
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