Short term light deprivation increases tactile spatial acuity in humans

Stefano Facchini, Salvatore M. Aglioti

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The effect of short-term light deprivation on tactile spatial acuity was evaluated by asking 28 adult humans to perform a grating orientation task. The 14 subjects who were kept for 90 minutes in complete dark showed, immediately after deprivation, a reversible improvement of tactile spatial acuity. No acuity change was observed in the 14 nondeprived subjects. Results indicate that even a short-term visual deprivation may disclose highly dynamic plastic interactions between visual and tactile systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1998-1999
Number of pages2
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Jun 24 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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