Pneumatic tactile stimulus delivery system for studying brain responses evoked by active finger touch with fMRI

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Background: Primates use their hands to actively touch objects and collect information. To study tactile information processing, it is important for participants to experience tactile stimuli through active touch while monitoring brain activities.New Method: Here, we developed a pneumatic tactile stimulus delivery system (pTDS) that delivers various tactile stimuli on a programmed schedule and allows voluntary finger touches during MRI scanning. The pTDS uses a pneumatic actuator to move tactile stimuli and place them in a finger hole. A photosensor detects the time when an index finger touches a tactile stimulus, enabling the analysis of the touch-elicited brain responses.Results: We examined brain responses while the participants actively touched braille objects presented by the pTDS. BOLD responses during tactile perception were significantly stronger in a finger touch area of the contralateral somatosensory cortex compared with that of visual perception.Conclusion: The pTDS enables MR studies of brain mechanisms for tactile processes through natural finger touch.
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ELSEVIER
Issue Date
2023-09
Language
English
Article Type
Article
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JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE METHODS, v.397

ISSN
0165-0270
DOI
10.1016/j.jneumeth.2023.109938
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/315791
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BC-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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