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Vertebrate gravity sensors as dynamic systemsThis paper considers verterbrate gravity receptors as dynamic sensors. That is, it is hypothesized that gravity is a constant force to which an acceleration-sensing system would readily adapt. Premises are considered in light of the presence of kinocilia on hair cells of vertebrate gravity sensors; differences in loading of the sensors among species; and of possible reduction in loading by inclusion of much organic material in otoconia. Moreover, organic-inorganic interfaces may confer a piezoelectric property upon otoconia, which increase the sensitivity of the sensory system to small accelerations. Comparisons with man-made accelerometers are briefly taken up.
Document ID
19860045653
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Ross, M. D. (Michigan, University Ann Arbor, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 1985
Publication Information
Publication: Physiologist, Supplement
Volume: 28
ISSN: 0031-9376
Subject Category
LIFE SCIENCES (GENERAL)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAG2-325
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS2-10535
Distribution Limits
Public
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