424 pages | 17 Color Illus. | 91 B/W Illus.
The somatosensory system is unique in that it conveys information to the central nervous system (CNS) about both external and internal sensory environments. Recent technological and conceptual advances in the field have allowed great strides to be made in the description and understanding of how the CNS manages information about its own image. This knowledge, apart from its obvious scientific merit, is quickly leading to clinical applications in the realm of neurorehabilitation after the peripheral nerve injury and during recovery from stroke.
The Somatosensory System: Deciphering the Brain's Own Body Image presents both new and past research in the understanding of how the brain deals with its own body image. It provides a review of pertinent literature and offers comprehensive descriptions of state-of-the-art technical approaches. The material includes new frameworks for the conceptualization of the system's representations, scientific and clinical applications that stem from these approaches based on the new concepts, and a discussion of new directions and new tools for the study of the interface of the brain and the body.
CENTRAL ORGANIZATION OF THE BODY IMAGE
The Organization of the Somatosensory System in Primates, Jon H. Kaas, Neeraj Jain, and Hui-Xin Qi
Cerebral Cortical Regions Devoted to the Somatosensory System: Results from Brain Imaging Studies in Humans, Harold Burton
THE PERIPHERY AND ITS CONTRIBUTION TO THE BODY IMAGE
Neural Mechanisms of Tactile Form and Texture Perception, Kenneth O. Johnson and Takashi Yoshioka
Feeling Surfaces and Objects Remotely, Susan J. Lederman and Roberta L. Klatzky
ORIENTATION AND THE BODY IMAGE
Somatosensory and Proprioceptive Contributions to Body Orientation, Sensory Localization, and Self-Calibration, James R. Lackner and Paul DiZio
Sensori-Locomotor Control: From Simple Reaction to Complex Prediction, Arthur Prochazka and Sergiy Yakovenko
LEARNING AND ATTENTION
Sensory Learning and the Brain's Body Map, Mathew E. Diamond, Justin A. Harris, and Rasmus S. Petersen
Attention in the Somatosensory System, Steven S. Hsiao and Francisco Vega-Bermudez
APPLICATIONS FOR DECIPHERING THE CODE
New Applications of Digital Video Technology for Neurophysiological Studies of Hand Function, Daniel J. Debowy, K. Srinivasa Babu, Edward H. Hu, Michelle Natiello, Shari Reitzen Maria Chu, Jill Sakai, and Esther P. Gardner
Deciphering the Code: Dynamic Modulation of Neural Activity during Tactile Behavior, Randall J. Nelson, Mikhail A. Lebedev, and Yu Liu
MODELS OF THE BODY IMAGE
A Computational Perspective on Proprioception and Movement Guidance in Parietal Cortex, Paul Cisek
A Critique of the Pure Feedforward Model of Touch, Miguel A.L. Nicolelis, Erika Fanselow, Marshall Shuler, and Craig Henriquez
CHANGING THE BODY IMAGE
The Changeful Mind: Plasticity in the Somatosensory System, Sherre L. Florence
Functional Implications of Plasticity and Reorganizations in the Somatosensory and Motor Systems of Developing and Adult Primates, Jon H. Kaas