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The unconscious perception of movement and spatial orientation arising from stimuli within the body itself.

[Latin proprius, one's own; see per in Indo-European roots + (re)ception.]


(Physiology) the neurological ability of the body to sense movement and position


(ˌproʊ pri əˈsɛp ʃən)

perception governed by proprioceptors, as awareness of the position of one's body.
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Noun1.proprioception - the ability to sense the position and location and orientation and movement of the body and its parts
interoception - sensitivity to stimuli originating inside of the body
kinesthesis, kinesthetics, muscle sense, sense of movement, kinaesthesis, kinesthesia, kinaesthesia - the ability to feel movements of the limbs and body
kinanesthesia - inability to sense movement
labyrinthine sense, sense of balance, sense of equilibrium, vestibular sense, equilibrium - a sensory system located in structures of the inner ear that registers the orientation of the head
somatic sense, somatic sensory system, somatosensory system, somaesthesis, somataesthesis, somesthesis, somaesthesia, somatesthesia, somesthesia - the faculty of bodily perception; sensory systems associated with the body; includes skin senses and proprioception and the internal organs


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1-5) Contrastingly, tests have shown ballet dancers' position sense acuity to be significantly inferior to that of healthy, active, age-matched controls.
The purpose of this study was to identify the effects of cervical joint manipulation on joint position sense (JPS) of normal adults.
More recently, the term proprioception has evolved into including measures of joint position sense, threshold of detection of passive movement and force reproduction [2].
The researchers say the distortions are subconscious and involve the ability known as position sense that the brain uses to know where all parts of the body are in space even when the eyes are closed.
Neuroscientists think that position sense requires two distinct kinds of information.
Richards has been accused of a lack of position sense at centreback, but he reckons he is reaping the benefits of being switched to the right by City boss Mark Hughes.
In his 1997 paper, Nauta noted that Rackley suffered no loss of touch or position sense after her surgery, and he finds the same to be true for his subsequent patients.
Since a previous report suggested that age and height were related to stability [3], and foot position sense is thought to be related to stability, we performed Pearson product moment correlation coefficients to assess the relation between subjects' age, height, weight, estimates of support surface and estimate error.
The position sense test only showed significant differences between professionals, amateurs and controls at the position of 130[degrees] for the right leg (p [less than or equal to] 0.

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