Ari Koivisto

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Camera is becoming more common in mobile phones and it is commonly used for exchanging photos between people. The photos could be used for other purposes as well, such as gaming. This paper presents Assassin, a mobile multiplayer game using camera and photos as the main form of player-to-player interaction. The goal in the game is to catch other players in(More)
The transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) ion channel is expressed on nociceptive primary afferent neurons. On the proximal nerve ending within the spinal dorsal horn, TRPA1 regulates transmission to spinal interneurons, and thereby pain hypersensitivity. Here we assessed whether the contribution of the spinal TRPA1 channel to pain hypersensitivity(More)
Mobile phones are often carried in the pocket making them available for gaming any time. Mobile games typically rely on the joystick for input, but quality of the joystick is very different in the different devices. This paper presents <i>Ancient Runes</i>, a multiplayer mobile game that uses text input as the primary method for interacting with the game(More)
The transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) ion channel on peripheral terminals of nociceptive primary afferent nerve fibres contributes to the transduction of noxious stimuli to electrical signals, while on central endings in the spinal dorsal horn, it amplifies transmission to spinal interneurons and projection neurons. The centrally propagating(More)
Transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) channel antagonists have suppressed mechanical hypersensitivity in peripheral neuropathy, while their effect on ongoing neuropathic pain is not yet known. Here, we assessed whether blocking the TRPA1 channel induces place-preference, an index for the relief of ongoing pain, in two experimental rat models of(More)
The α2-adrenoceptors (ARs) are important modulators of a wide array of physiological responses. As only a few selective compounds for the three α2-AR subtypes (α2A , α2B and α2C ) have been available, the pharmacological profile of a new α2C-selective AR antagonist ORM-10921 is reported. Standard in vitro receptor assays and antagonism of α2, and α1-AR(More)
Transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) is a non-selective, calcium permeable cation channel expressed by a subpopulation of primary afferent nociceptive nerve fibers. On peripheral nerve endings, TRPA1 channel contributes to transduction of chemical and physical stimuli, whereas on the central endings in the spinal dorsal horn, which is the topic of(More)
In the spinal dorsal horn, TRPA1 ion channels on central terminals of peptidergic primary afferent nerve fibers regulate transmission to glutamatergic and GABAergic interneurons. Here we determine the cutaneous anti-inflammatory effect of a spinally administered TRPA1 channel antagonist to test the hypothesis that spinal TRPA1 channels contribute to(More)
Pain per se may increase anxiety and conversely, anxiety may increase pain. Therefore, a positive feedback loop between anxiety and pain possibly contributes to pain and suffering in some pathophysiological pain conditions, such as that induced by peripheral nerve injury. Recent results indicate that transient receptor channels 4 and 5 (TRPC4/C5) in the(More)
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