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    Seeing the body produces limb-specific modulation of skin temperature

    Sadibolova, R. and Longo, Matthew R. (2014) Seeing the body produces limb-specific modulation of skin temperature. Biology Letters 10 (4), ISSN 1744-9561.

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    Abstract

    Vision of the body, even when non-informative about stimulation, affects somatosensory processing. We investigated whether seeing the body also modulates autonomic control in the periphery by measuring skin temperature while manipulating vision. Using a mirror-box, the skin temperature was measured from left hand dorsum while participants: (a) had the illusion of seeing their left hand, (b) had the illusion of seeing an object at the same location, or (c) looked directly at their contralateral right hand. Skin temperature of the left hand increased when participants had the illusion of directly seeing that hand but not in the other two view conditions. In experiment 2, participants viewed directly their left or right hand, or the box while we recorded both hand dorsum temperatures. Temperature increased in the viewed hand but not the contralateral hand. These results show that seeing the body produces limb-specific modulation of thermal regulation.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): body representation, thermal regulation, autonomic control, mirror box
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centre: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Matthew Longo
    Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2014 13:01
    Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 11:52
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/9567

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