A new method for assessing self-touch enhancement of the foot in stroke patients with mobility problems

Rebekah C. White, Anne M. Aimola Davies

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    Abstract

    Patient NG is the first reported case of lower-limb 'self-touch enhancement' following stroke. Mobility problems prevented NG from reaching to touch her foot, thus we used a self-touch rubber-hand paradigm to mimic the conditions of self-administered touch. With vision precluded, NG administered stimulation to a prosthetic limb while the Examiner administered synchronous stimulation to NG's affected left foot. NG detected all stimulation administered with our self-touch paradigm, whereas in the control condition (with NG not involved in administering stimulation), NG had failed to detect one-third of Examiner-administered stimulation. When mobility problems are a barrier to investigating self-touch enhancement, the self-touch paradigm can be used to demonstrate residual tactile sensation following stroke.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)473-476
    Number of pages4
    JournalPerception
    Volume42
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Keywords

    • Body representation
    • Rubber-hand illusion
    • Self-touch
    • Sensation
    • Stroke

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