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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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
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013



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

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