Whisker encoding of mechanical events during active tactile exploration

@inproceedings{Boubenec2012WhiskerEO,
  title={Whisker encoding of mechanical events during active tactile exploration},
  author={Yves Boubenec and Daniel Shulz and Georges Debr{\'e}geas},
  booktitle={Front. Behav. Neurosci.},
  year={2012}
}
Rats use their whiskers to extract a wealth of information about their immediate environment, such as the shape, position or texture of an object. The information is conveyed to mechanoreceptors located within the whisker follicle in the form of a sequence of whisker deflections induced by the whisker/object contact interaction. How the whiskers filter and shape the mechanical information and effectively participate in the coding of tactile features remains an open question to date. In the… CONTINUE READING
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