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Learning effects in haptic perception

  • Hubert R. Dinse
  • Claudia Wilimzig
  • Tobias Kalisch

Abstract

Human haptic perception is not a constant, but subject to manifold modifications throughout lifespan. Major determinants are development and aging as well as alterations following injury and compensatory brain reorganization. While during early development haptic perception is refined due to maturation and experience, haptic perception during aging deteriorates due to many factors, not all of them fully understood. Besides these lifespan factors, it is common wisdom that haptic perception and skills in general improve through practice (Fig. 1), see also [1]. Perceptual learning involves relatively long-lasting changes to an organism’s perceptual system that improve its ability to respond to its environment and are caused by this environment. In case of Blinds or in Musicians, both characterized by superior haptic perception, improvement is assumed to be due to use-dependent or experience-dependent neuroplasticity mechanisms.

Keywords

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Lateral Inhibition Cortical Processing Haptic Perception Recurrence Quantification Analysis 
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© Birkhäuser Verlag 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hubert R. Dinse
    • 1
    • 2
  • Claudia Wilimzig
    • 3
  • Tobias Kalisch
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Neuroinformatik, Dept. Theoretical Biology, Neural Plasticity LabRuhr UniversityBochumGermany
  2. 2.Haptec-Haptic Research & Technology GmbHFröndenbergGermany
  3. 3.Division of BiologyCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

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