I know that different points of the brain correspond to different point of the body. But how a sensory information reaches its correct corresponding area?

For example, let say I put a pencil's extremity on position A of the thumb tip and then on position B always of the thumb tip. How do I discriminate between A and B? Does these electrical activities travel trough two completely different pathways?


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The pain from nociceptors remain in bundles for that region until they reach the spinal cord at which time the signal begins to be processed to the appropriate pathway with primitive intelligence (like instinctive jerk away) till the signal reaches the brain and is processed by sentient intelligence (form a plan to avoid these situations in the future). The resolution of pain is something like 100x the size of a nerve branch equal to one bundle in theory but the minimum resolution of pain varies from person to person.

  • $\begingroup$ So, practically we have billions of neurons each of them has its own pathway to reach its own area on the brain? $\endgroup$
    – giuseppe
    Nov 1, 2014 at 14:15
  • $\begingroup$ yeah well they are bundled so each bundle has its own pathway to the brain. @giuseppe $\endgroup$
    – user6939
    Nov 1, 2014 at 19:10

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