Brain Byte


  • Published26 Oct 2020
  • Author Calli McMurray
  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

There’s nothing supernatural about your sixth sense: it lets you perceive your body’s position and movement.

Brain Bytes showcase essential facts about neuroscience.

Proprioception brain byte
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Purves D, Augustine GJ, Fitzpatrick D, et al., editors. Neuroscience. 2nd edition. Sunderland (MA): Sinauer Associates; 2001. Mechanoreceptors Specialized for Proprioception. Available from:

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