F. McGlone, H. Olausson, J. A. Boyle, M. Jones-Gotman, C. Dancer, S. Guest and G. Essick Touching and feeling: differences in pleasant touch processing between glabrous and hairy skin in humans European Journal of Neuroscience 35
Previous fMRI studies in two rare patients, together with microneurography and psychophysical observations in healthy subjects, have demonstrated a system of mechanosensitive C-tactile afferents (CT) sensitive to slowly moving stimuli. They project to posterior insular cortex and signal pleasant aspects of touch.
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