Title: Jack Brooks, University of New South Wales
Start date: Oct 06 2017
Start time: 11:15 am
End time: 12:15 pm
Location: Max Planck House Lecture Hall

The coding of the position of touch on the skin and of the size and shape of the body are both fundamental for interacting with our surrounds. One way that body representations can be updated is by making use of the natural statistics of touch. Particularly important are the spatial and temporal order of tactile events, which are typically tightly coupled to one another, often as a result of movement. In contrast to vision, there is little literature on the perception of tactile motion. In this talk I will discuss three studies concerning tactile motion and body representations. In the first study a novel perceived shortening of back-and-forth tactile motion was found. The second and third studies showed changes to the perceived length of the arm when different patterns of tactile motion were given. These studies are discussed in regards to adaptation and body representations. In conjunction with recent advances in the field these findings may be clinically relevant for correcting disordered body representations.

Host: Anne Thaler

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