Neuron fire rates simulations of cold thermal sensations validated by measurements

D.R. Vissers, W. Zeiler, G. Boxem, M. Vesely, J.C.G. Verhaart

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Abstract

Thermal comfort, determined by the influence of the indoor environmental parameters on thermal sensation, is regarded as an important indicator of human wellbeing and health. Neurophysiological mechanisms are responsible for thermal sensation. Models of thermal sensation could be very useful in design of new high performance buildings. Humans do not sense temperature directly. Temperature information is coded into the firing rate of temperature sensitive neurons (thermoreceptors). Human skin contains two types of thermoreceptors “cold” or “warm” sensitive. Kingma developed a new model for thermal sensation based on the neurophysiology of thermal reception and integration through neural pathways. In a proof-of-principle experiment we applied the model of Kingma on an personalized hand-heating system using two incandescent reflector heating lamps. Using the model by Kingma and the results of the experiments, the neuron discharge rate was simulated to see if it captured the dynamics of thermal sensation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - Windsor Conference 2014
Subtitle of host publicationCounting the Cost of Comfort in a Changing World
EditorsFergus Nicol, Susan Roaf, Luisa Brotas, Michael A. Humphreys
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherNCEUB
Pages634-643
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780992895709
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event8th Windsor Conference 2014: Counting the Cost of Comfort in a Changing World - Windsor, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Apr 201413 Apr 2014

Conference

Conference8th Windsor Conference 2014: Counting the Cost of Comfort in a Changing World
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityWindsor
Period10/04/1413/04/14

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Keywords

  • Comfort
  • Neuron fire rates
  • Thermal sensation

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