Glossary

  • Anatomy – The science of understanding animal body structures and organization.
  • Auditory – Having to do with sound
  • Basilar Membrane – A thin membrane running the length of the cochlea intended to vibrate in specific patterns depending on the makeup of sound input.
  • Cochlea – The organ of the inner ear where sounds are transduced into neural impulses.
  • Fluorophore – A chemical compound emitting fluorescence when excited
  • Green Fluorescent Protein – (GFP) – A protein extracted from the jellyfish, Aqueora Victoria, used to fluorescently label cells and proteins in microscopic images
  • Immunocytochemistry – Labelling method making use of antibodies to recognize specific proteins.
  • Mechanosensation – The sensory ability to perceive forceĀ stimuli.
  • Merkel Cells – Specialized touch receptor cells in the skin.
  • Mutations – Changes in genetic sequences caused by mistakes in DNA replication.
  • Physiology – The science of understanding animal body functions.
  • Touch Domes – Complex of Merkel cells and sensory neurons present in the ridges of skin for sensing touch.
  • Transduction – the transfer of energy from one form to another. Sensory transduction involves perceiving a stimulus and transferring information to the form of neural impulses.

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