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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

Version of Record online: 17 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2012.08092.x

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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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