Experience-driven remodeling of S1 digit representation in awake monkeys: the challenge of comparing active and passive touch


  • Dione Mariama
  • Facchini Justine

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Many studies have compared active and passive touch to understand how motor action shapes touch perception. Current views emphasize the difficulties in making such a comparison and promote investigating how motor strategies enable the filtering out of sensory inputs to reshape touch perception. Cybulska-Klosowicz et al. (Cybulska-Klosowicz A, Tremblay F, Jiang W, Bourgeon S, Meftah E-M, Chapman CE. J Neurophysiol 123: 1072–1089, 2020) suggest that primary somatosensory (S1) cortical remodeling of digit representation occurs during active touch. Here, alternative interpretations are proposed, and the relevance of studying multidigit scanning is emphasized.

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