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    No evidence for sex differences in tactile distance anisotropy

    Longo, Matthew (2022) No evidence for sex differences in tactile distance anisotropy. Experimental Brain Research 240 , pp. 591-600. ISSN 0014-4819.

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    Perceptual illusions of the distance between two touches have been used to study mental representations of the body since E. H. Weber’s classic studies in the 19th century. For example, on many body parts tactile distance is anisotropic, with distances aligned with body width being perceived as larger than distances aligned with body length on several skin regions. Recent work has demonstrated sex differences in other distortions of mental body representations, such as proprioceptive hand maps. Given such findings, I analysed the results of 24 experiments, conducted by myself and my colleagues, measuring tactile distance anisotropy on the hand dorsum in both women and men. The results showed clear, and highly consistent anisotropy in both women and men, with no evidence for any sex difference.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Touch, Tactile Distance, Anisotropy, Sex Differences, Illusion
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Matthew Longo
    Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2022 17:20
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:14


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