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somatosensory receptors

Translate different kinds of information from the external world into electrical patterns that are sent down our neurons. Rapidly adapting somatosensory receptors are specialized to tell us when a “stimulus” occurs. "Meissner's corpuscles," "Pacinian corpuscles," and "Ruffini corpuscles" are all rapidly adapting receptors. Slowly adapting somatosensory receptors detect whether a “stimulus” is still occurring. These receptors continue to respond as long as a sensory event is present. Also referred to as a ‘receptor cells,’ ‘sense receptors,’ and 'somatic receptors.'

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