Psych M.D - Kinesthesis




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Term: Kinesthesis
Definition (Myers): The system for sensing the position and movement of individual body parts. 1
Definition (alternative): A proprioceptive sense, meaning "belonging to the body," that detects change in body position by monitoring the position and movement of muscles, bones, and joints. 2
Contextual explanation: Basically, the reason why people can move around. Through the sense of kinesthesis, people can tell, even with their eyes closed, where there arms and legs are located. When people play sports, drive cars, and do other activities, they must know where their limbs are located. Kinesthesis enables the receptors in the joints and tendons send out information to the brain about the angle of the limbs and other body positions/movement. For example, the kinesthetic receptors on the tendon located in the elbow area would fire out different amount of impulse to the brain depending on the angle of the arm. 3
Related terms and concepts: insert links to other pages on The Neuron here
  • Sensation
  • Perception
  • Equilibrium (sense)
  • Vestibular Sense
  • Sensory Interaction
  • Proprioception
Proprioception vs. Kinesthesis 4
http://www.macalester.edu/psychology/whathap/UBNRP/proprioception/ProprioceptionvsKinesthesia.html
Sensory motor5
http://escience.anu.edu.au/lecture/ivr/vr/image/sensorimotor.png
Bent Elbow6
http://www.psywww.com/intropsych/ch04_senses/kinesthesis.html
Usage of Kinesthesis7
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/Stories/SpaceScience/Basketball
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  1. Myers, D. G. (2004). Psychology. New York, New York: Worth Publishers.
  2. No Name (2000). Definition of Kinesthetic. Lexic.us. Retrieved (2009, Sept 24) from http://www.lexic.us/definition-of/kinesthetic#1
  3. Russ Dewey (2007). Kinethesis. psywww.com. Retrieved (2009, Sept 24) from http://www.psywww.com/intropsych/ch04_senses/kinesthesis.html
  4. Eric , Wiertelak (2008). Proprioception vs. Kinesthetia. Retrieved from http://www.macalester.edu/psychology/whathap/UBNRP/proprioception/ProprioceptionvsKinesthesia.html
  5. Philippe , Fuchs (2005, Feb 22). Sensorimotor Interface. Retrieved from http://escience.anu.edu.au/lecture/ivr/vr/sensorimotor.en.html
  6. Russ, Dewey (2007). Kinethesis. Retrieved from http://www.psywww.com/intropsych/ch04_senses/kinesthesis.html
  7. Catherine Fox, Fox (2009). Kids.Nationalgeographic. Retrieved from http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/Stories/SpaceScience/Basketball
Edited by: Elaine
Date of last edit: 9/24/2009



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