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    Vestibular-somatosensory interactions: effects of passive whole-body rotation on somatosensory detection

    Ferrè, Elisa Raffaella and Kaliuzhna, M. and Herbelin, B. and Haggard, P. and Blanke, O. (2014) Vestibular-somatosensory interactions: effects of passive whole-body rotation on somatosensory detection. PLoS One 9 (1), e86379. ISSN 1932-6203.

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    Abstract

    Vestibular signals are strongly integrated with information from several other sensory modalities. For example, vestibular stimulation was reported to improve tactile detection. However, this improvement could reflect either a multimodal interaction or an indirect interaction driven by vestibular effects on spatial attention and orienting. Here we investigate whether natural vestibular activation induced by passive whole-body rotation influences tactile detection. In particular, we assessed the ability to detect faint tactile stimuli to the fingertips of the left and right hand during spatially congruent or incongruent rotations. We found that passive whole-body rotations significantly enhanced sensitivity to faint shocks, without affecting response bias. Critically, this enhancement of somatosensory sensitivity did not depend on the spatial congruency between the direction of rotation and the hand stimulated. Thus, our results support a multimodal interaction, likely in brain areas receiving both vestibular and somatosensory signals.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Elisa Raffaella Ferre
    Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2021 13:35
    Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 19:04
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/45688

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