Definition: The sense of body position and movement of body parts relative to each other.

Quite Simply...


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  • This sense keeps track of body parts relative to each other.
  • Provides constant sensory feedback of the muscles in your body are doing during motion.
  • Knowing what types of body movement are needed and how to adjust your body in situations.
  • A processes where a stimulus is received, transduced, and conducted as impulses to be interpreted by the brain.

Examples/Functions


  • You know that your arm swings when you walk.
  • Tells you which hand is closer to the telephone when it rings.
  • Keeps you from knocking over a cup of coffee as you reach for it.
  • People who have suffered from a stroke or brain damage have to look at their arms or legs to know what they are doing because they have lost their kinesthetic sense.
  • Walking through a parking lot & squeezing through closely parked cars to get to yours
  • When riding a bicycle, receptors in your arms and legs send information to the brain about the position and movement of your legs & armbike.jpg.
  • When riding a horse you need to be aware of the position of your feet and hands so the horse knows to continue to walk or run and not to stop.


See Also...

  • Vestibular Sense which is another part of position and movement that tells us how we are postured. (Straight, leaning, reclined or upside down)
  • Parietal Lobes help us make a sensory "map" of the spatial relationships between objects and events.
  • Position and Movement include the sense organs that convert stimulation into neural messages.