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Cortical adaptation and tactile perception

Cortical neurons reduce spiking responses to repetitive sensory stimulation, but the perceptual impact of this adaptation has been difficult to assess. Work now shows that it has profound consequences for tactile perception.

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Figure 1: Adaptation decreases the amplitude of cortical responses but leaves their periodicity mostly intact.

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Yang, H., O'Connor, D. Cortical adaptation and tactile perception. Nat Neurosci 17, 1434–1436 (2014).

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