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Sensory Receptors One of the characteristics of a living  organism is its ability to respond to  stimuli. The human sensory system is  highly evolved and processes  thousands of incoming messages  simultaneously. This complexity allows  you to be aware of your surroundings  and take appropriate actions. Sensory receptors are dendrites of  sensory neurons specialized for  receiving specific kinds of stimuli.  Sensory receptors are classified by  three methods:
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Classification by receptor  complexity: Free nerve endings are  dendrites whose terminal  ends have little or no  physical specialization. Encapsulated nerve  endings are dendrites  whose terminal ends are  enclosed in a capsule of  connective tissue. Sense organs (such as  the eyes and ears) consist  of sensory neurons with  receptors for the special 
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senses (vision, hearing,  smell, taste, and  equilibrium) together with 
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANTHRO 2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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