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The Cognitive Neuroscience of MindA Tribute to Michael S. Gazzaniga$
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Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz, Kathleen Baynes, George R. Mangun, and Elizabeth A. Phelps

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014014

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014014.001.0001

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How the Sense of Body Influences the Sense of Touch

How the Sense of Body Influences the Sense of Touch

(p.155) 11 How the Sense of Body Influences the Sense of Touch
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Mind

Elisabetta Làdavas

Andrea Serino

The MIT Press

Vision has an impact on the primary levels of tactile processing, and visual information related to the body appears to be effective in enhancing the tactile sensation. To substantiate this notion, this chapter discusses how visuotactile interactions improve the tactile perception. Visual enhancement of touch and visual remapping of touch are the two types of visuotactile interaction that show modulation of the tactile sensation in the presence of visual information related to the body. Visual information pertaining to the body gets integrated within the somatosensory system to enhance the tactile perception. The response of neurons in the primary somatosensory cortex helps determine tactile sensitivity. In visual enhancement of touch, body space where sensory stimuli are perceived can be determined through body-related visual information. In visual remapping of touch, somatosensory systems are activated through the observation of touch, and perceive tactile stimuli.

Keywords:   vision, visual information, tactile sensation, visuotactile interactions, visual enhancement, visual remapping

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