Burak Güçlü

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Pacinian corpuscles (PCs) are tactile receptors composed of a nerve ending (neurite) that is encapsulated by layers of lamellar cells. PCs are classified as primary mechanoreceptors because there is no synapse between the transductive membrane and the site of action-potential generation. These touch receptors respond in a rapidly adapting manner to(More)
Static displacements in Pacinian corpuscles (PCs) were measured using video microscopy. Mechanical stimuli of 10-40 microm steps were applied to the PC capsule surfaces using cylindrical contacts with different diameters. Displacements parallel to the stimulation axis were measured at various locations in the focal plane of the optical setup. In contrast to(More)
The population response of rapidly-adapting (RA) fibers is one component of the physiological substrate of the sense of touch. Herein, we describe a computational scheme based on the population-response model by K.O. Johnson (J. Neurophysiol. 37: 48–72, 1974) which we extended by permitting the capability to include the spatial distributions of receptors in(More)
Psychophysical experiments and model simulations were performed to identify plausible neural codes representing stimulus magnitude in the Non-Pacinian I (NP I) tactile channel associated with rapidly adapting fibers. Sinusoidal mechanical displacements were applied on the fingertips of eight human subjects. The NP I channel was isolated by elevating the(More)
Variants of a lightness effect described by [Todorovic's, D. (1997). Lightness and junctions. Perception, 26, 379] were studied to quantify the failure of lightness constancy as a function of target luminance and target size. Todorovic's effect is similar to White's effect. Simultaneous lightness contrast appears to operate selectively between stimuli(More)
This study investigated the effects of stimulus modality, standard duration, sex, and laterality in duration discrimination by musicians and nonmusicians. Seventeen musicians (M age = 24.1 yr.) and 22 nonmusicians (M age = 26.8 yr.) participated. Auditory (1,000 Hz) and tactile (250 Hz) sinusoidal suprathreshold stimuli with varying durations were used. The(More)
The goal of this study was to investigate the relationship between the psychophysical vibrotactile thresholds of the Pacinian (P) channel and the mechanical properties of the skin at the fingertip. Seven healthy adult subjects (age: 23-30) participated in the study. The mechanical stimuli were 250-Hz sinusoidal bursts and applied with cylindrical contactor(More)
The firing-rate-based population model for rapidly-adapting (RA) mechanoreceptive fibers by Güçlü and Bolanowski is extended by including temporal-response properties of RA fibers. This representation allows for the generation of action-potential (spike) times for each fiber when a sinusoidal, steady-state stimulus is applied onto the skin. Signal detection(More)
Many children with autistic spectrum disorders have unusual reactions to certain sensory stimuli. These reactions vary along a hyper- to hypo-responsivity continuum. For example, some children overreact to weak sensory input, but others do not respond negatively to even strong stimuli. It is typically assumed that this deviant responsivity is linked to(More)
Psychophysical thresholds for the detection of a 300-Hz burst of vibration applied to the thenar eminence were measured for stimuli applied to the skin through 1.5 cm2 and through 0.05 cm2 contactors. Thresholds were approximately 13 dB lower when the area of the contactor was 1.5 cm2 than when it was 0.05 cm2. The difference between the thresholds measured(More)