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    How the vestibular system interacts with somatosensory perception: A sham-controlled study with galvanic vestibular stimulation

    Ferrè, Elisa Raffaella and Day, B. and Bottini, G. and Haggard, P. (2013) How the vestibular system interacts with somatosensory perception: A sham-controlled study with galvanic vestibular stimulation. Neuroscience Letters 550 , pp. 35-40. ISSN 0304-3940.

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    Abstract

    The vestibular system has widespread interactions with other sensory modalities. Here we investigate whether vestibular stimulation modulates somatosensory function, by assessing the ability to detect faint tactile stimuli to the fingertips of the left and right hand with or without galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS). We found that left anodal and right cathodal GVS, significantly enhanced sensitivity to mild shocks on either hand, without affecting response bias. There was no such effect with either right anodal and left cathodal GVS or sham stimulation. Further, the enhancement of somatosensory sensitivity following GVS does not strongly depend on the duration of GVS, or the interval between GVS and tactile stimulation. Vestibular inputs reach the somatosensory cortex, increasing the sensitivity of perceptual circuitry.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Galvanic vestibular stimulation, Vestibular system, Tactile perception, Multisensory integration
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Elisa Raffaella Ferre
    Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2021 14:37
    Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 05:53
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/45694

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