Reception vs Afference – What’s the difference?

Reception vs Afference - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between reception and afference is that reception is reception (action of receiving) while afference is (biology) the brain’s reception of signals from the body.




  • The act of receiving.
  • (uncountable, electronics) The act or ability to receive radio or similar signals.
  • We have poor TV reception in the valley.
    The new system provides exceptional quality of the reception signal.
  • A social engagement, usually to formally welcome someone.
  • After the wedding we proceeded to the reception .
  • A reaction.
  • The ambassador’s jokes met a cold reception .
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011
    , date=September 29
    , author=Jon Smith
    , title=Tottenham 3 – 1 Shamrock Rovers
    , work=BBC Sport
    , page=
    , passage=Former Tottenham star Rohan Ricketts came off the Rovers bench with 19 minutes to go to a warm reception from the home fans, six years after leaving the Lane.}}

  • The desk of a hotel or office where guests are received.
  • (UK, education) The school year, or part thereof, between preschool and Year 1, when children are introduced to formal education.
  • Synonyms

    * (desk where guests are received) front desk

    Derived terms

    * receptionist
    * reception desk
    * reception room







  • (biology) The brain’s reception of signals from the body.
  • * 1984 , (Oliver Sacks), “The Disembodied Lady”, chapter 3 in (The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat) (Reset 2007), page 53:
  • Christina had lost this normal inflow, this afference , had lost her normal proprioceptive vocal tone and posture, and therefore had to use her ears, auditory feedback, instead.