attachedNewsLink: The Sensorimotor System

This assignment will help you make connections between the science of biopsychology and your daily life, and keep you apprised of the latest developments in the field. You will search BioPsychology NewsLink ( for a media article related to the
The Sensorimotor System chapter. You can search by keyword using the chapter’s key terms in the list below, or click on the links by chapter. You can also enter one of the keywords on Google (news tab). Once you find a layperson article you’re interested in, complete your journal entry by answering the six assignment questions.


The journal is not a paper! Aim for one sentence per prompt. Work offline in a word processing program, but cut and paste your answers into the text box. Kindly do not attach a document. 
1. What keyword did you search?
2. What is the article about?
3. How was the research conducted?
4. What results caught your eye?
5. What conclusions can you draw?
6. What is the link to your article?

Key Terms

A delta (A
) fiber
acetylcholine (ACh)
anterolateral system
basal ganglia
C fiber
central modulation of sensory information
cingulate cortex
decomposition of movement
dorsal column system
electromyography (EMG)
extrapyramidal system
final common pathway
free nerve ending
generator potential
Golgi tendon organ
Huntington’s disease
intrafusal fiber
labeled lines
Meissner’s corpuscle
Merkel’s disc
mirror neuron
motor neuron
motor plan
muscle spindle
neuromuscular junction
neuropathic pain
nonprimary motor cortex
nonprimary sensory cortex
Pacinian corpuscle
Parkinson’s disease
phasic receptor
placebo effect
polymodal neuron
precentral gyrus
premotor cortex
primary motor cortex (M1)
primary sensory cortex
primary somatosensory cortex
pyramidal system
receptive field
receptor cell
receptor potential
Ruffini corpuscle
sensory adaptation
sensory transduction
somatosensory system
stretch reflex
substance P
substantia nigra
supplementary motor area (SMA)
tonic receptor
transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
transient receptor potential type M3 (TRPM3)

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