Neural basis of haptic perception

Steven Hsiao, Jeffrey Yau

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A major challenge in neuroscience is to understand the neural basis of behavior. The problem is multifaceted. First one must understand which afferent type(s) and cortical pathways are involved in the aspect of perception that you want to understand. Then one must understand how information is represented and coded in the neural responses. The earliest attempts at addressing the neural pathways underlying perception relied on lesion studies in which animals were trained to perform specific behavioral tasks and then were retested following the ablations. If the animal could not perform the task then the area that was ablated was deemed essential for the behavior. More recently researchers use functional imaging techniques to address these questions. Understanding the neural codes underlying behavior has been elusive. The intellectual breakthrough came from studies that combined psychophysical studies in humans with neurophysiological studies in monkeys [1, 2].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHuman Haptic Perception: Basics and Applications
PublisherBirkhauser Verlag AG
Pages103-112
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783764376123, 9783764376116
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StatePublished - 2008

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Hsiao, S., & Yau, J. (2008). Neural basis of haptic perception. In Human Haptic Perception: Basics and Applications (pp. 103-112). Birkhauser Verlag AG. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-7643-7612-3_8

Neural basis of haptic perception. / Hsiao, Steven; Yau, Jeffrey.

Human Haptic Perception: Basics and Applications. Birkhauser Verlag AG, 2008. p. 103-112.

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Hsiao, S & Yau, J 2008, Neural basis of haptic perception. in Human Haptic Perception: Basics and Applications. Birkhauser Verlag AG, pp. 103-112. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-7643-7612-3_8
Hsiao S, Yau J. Neural basis of haptic perception. In Human Haptic Perception: Basics and Applications. Birkhauser Verlag AG. 2008. p. 103-112 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-7643-7612-3_8
Hsiao, Steven ; Yau, Jeffrey. / Neural basis of haptic perception. Human Haptic Perception: Basics and Applications. Birkhauser Verlag AG, 2008. pp. 103-112
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