Unit 2: Sensory Systems

Featured Video: Auditory Transduction. This 7-minute video by Brandon Pletsch takes viewers on a step-by-step voyage through the inside of the ear, to the acoustic accompaniment of classical music. Brandon Pletsch is a graduate student of the Medical College of Georgia.

Brain Section Images for visualizing pathways

created by a Community Teaching Assistant. In 2014, B.C. Jackson created the following learning tools for reviewing pathways during the first run of Medical Neuroscience:

Overview of the Thalamus

Overview of Cortex and Cortical Circuits

General Principles of Sensory Systems

  • The somatosensory system: animation by Pearson education
  • Your Sixth Sense. Proprioception is your sense of your body’s position in space, and without it you wouldn’t be able to walk or scratch your nose with your eyes closed. Learn more about your “sixth sense” in this video created by UCSD graduate student Alison Caldwell and her husband, Micah Caldwell. The video took third place in the 2015 Brain Awareness Video Contest.



Pain and Temperature

Visual System

Auditory System

Vestibular System

Chemical Senses: Olfaction

Chemical Senses: Gustation


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