Vision influences tactile perception without proprioceptive orienting

Steven P. Tipper, Donna Lloyd, Belinda Shorland, Christopher Dancer, Louise A. Howard, Francis McGlone

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    The perception of tactile stimuli is facilitated when subjects look towards the stimulated body site: this facilitation even takes place when visual information is unavailable, as when orienting in the dark. It is not known whether the facilitation is due entirely to such proprioceptive orienting of eye and head, or whether visual information of the body site can also facilitate touch. An experiment is reported which dissociates vision and proprioception, and demonstrates for the first time that vision of a body part, independent of proprioceptive orienting, can indeed effect somatosensation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1741-1744
    Number of pages3
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 1998


    • Proprioceptive orienting
    • Tactile perception
    • Vision


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