Modulation of somatosensory event-related potential components in a tactile-visual cross-modal task

S Ohara, F A Lenz, Y-D Zhou
Neuroscience 2006, 138 (4): 1387-95
Human tactile discrimination studies have shown that visual stimuli enhance tactile performance. Other studies on event-related potentials showed that somatosensory N140 was enhanced when attention of human subjects was directed to tactile stimuli. Therefore, we hypothesized that N140 would be modulated when human subjects performed tactile cross-modal delay tasks. Scalp-event-related potentials were recorded from normal subjects performing either a tactile-tactile unimodal, or a tactile-visual cross-modal delayed matching-to-sample task. Identical tactile stimuli were used in both tasks. N140 component evoked by the tactile stimuli was enhanced in the cross-modal task. Enhancement of this component was also observed in control cross-modal tasks. The results suggest that tactile-visual cross-modal association affects tactile sensory-perceptual processes in humans.

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