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    Tactile localisation on stretched skin

    Kang, W. and Longo, Matthew (2023) Tactile localisation on stretched skin. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance , ISSN 0096-1523.

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    Abstract

    The ability to localise touch on the skin is an important aspect of tactile perception. As our limbs move, the skin stretches flexibly, and research has found that signals specifying stretch affect perception of limb posture. Skin stretch also distorts the relative spatial position of different locations on the skin, posing potential problems for tactile localisation. Here, we investigated the effects of skin stretch using an established test of tactile localisation on the hand. Twenty participants completed a tactile localisation task in no stretch and stretched conditions respectively after giving informed consent. The current study found a clear distal and radial bias in both the no stretch condition and the stretched condition. Indeed, the distal bias was even larger in the stretched condition than at baseline. Critically, however, this change in distal bias was entirely accounted for by changes in the actual location of stimulus as a result of skin stretch, with no corresponding change in the judged location. Thus, the somatosensory system appears to disregard stretch when calculating the location of tactile stimuli. These results mirror recent findings showing that tactile distance perception also fails to take skin stretch into account.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Matthew Longo
    Date Deposited: 10 May 2023 11:57
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:21
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/51197

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