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Which aspects of our sensory environment enter conscious awareness does not only depend on physical features of the stimulus, but also critically on the so-called current brain state. Results from magnetoencephalography/EEG studies using near-threshold stimuli have consistently pointed to reduced levels of α- (8-12 Hz) power in relevant sensory areas to(More)
The mislocalization profile, describing incorrect localization of faint tactile stimuli to different regions of the body, has been shown to provide insight into the processing of tactile stimuli. Interhemispheric somatosensory processing was examined in 15 subjects by studying the interference of left-hand stimulation on right-hand perception. In different(More)
In the present magnetoencephalography study, we applied a paired-stimulus paradigm to study the weak cortical responses evoked by near-threshold tactile prime stimuli by means of their attenuating effect on the cortical responses evoked by subsequently applied above-threshold test stimuli. In stimulus pairs with adequate interstimulus intervals (ISIs), the(More)
Psychophysical studies have shown that there is somatotopically organized interaction in tasks involving somatosensory memory. In order to test the hypothesis that the ipsilateral somatosensory cortex contributes to the psychophysically demonstrated interaction, neuromagnetic steady-state responses induced by vibro-tactile stimuli were investigated in a(More)
In the present study we tested the applicability of a paired-stimulus paradigm for the investigation of near-threshold (NT) stimulus processing in the somatosensory system using magnetoencephalography. Cortical processing of the NT stimuli was studied indirectly by investigating the impact of NT stimuli on the source activity of succeeding suprathreshold(More)
Principles of brain function can be disclosed by studying their limits during performance. Tactile stimuli with near-threshold intensities have been used to assess features of somatosensory processing. When stimulating fingers of one hand using near-threshold intensities, localization errors are observed that deviate significantly from responses obtained by(More)
Recent studies have shown that adaptation of representational maps within the primary somatosensory cortex can be induced by task-related motor activity. Here, we explore the relationship between the complexity of the motor task and the extent of task-specific adaptation within the primary somatosensory cortex. We hypothesized that the extent of adaptation(More)
Localizing tactile stimuli on our body requires sensory information to be represented in multiple frames of reference along the sensory pathways. These reference frames include the representation of sensory information in skin coordinates, in which the spatial relationship of skin regions is maintained. The organization of the primary somatosensory cortex(More)
Discourse structure enables us to generate expectations based upon linguistic material that has already been introduced. The present magnetoencephalography (MEG) study addresses auditory perception of test sentences in which discourse coherence was manipulated by using presuppositions (PSP) that either correspond or fail to correspond to items in preceding(More)
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