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Interdisciplinary Network of Researchers in Touch

Program detail

Thursday 25th July, 2019

14:00-15:00: Symposium in Lecture Theatre, A01Topics in the development of touch

Organised by Dr Giulia Orioli, Dr Natalie Bowling

This symposium will explore developmental changes in how tactile, visual and proprioceptive information is integrated to produce accurate representations of touch and the body. Our first talk reveals modulation of neural responses to touch by looming visual objects in early infancy (Dr Giulia Orioli). Our second talk will discuss improved accuracy of body representation throughout adulthood, in individuals with and without mirror-touch synaesthesia (Dr Natalie Bowling). Our third talk will go on to explore childhood development in how visual and proprioceptive information is integrated to localise the body (Dr Katie Greenfield). The final talk will describe force production during tactile exploration in young adulthood, and possible implications for older adults (Dr Roberta Roberts).

Presentations in this session

14:00: Tactile expectation and peripersonal space in infancy (Orioli G)

14:15: Body representation across the lifespan: Evidence from mirror-touch synaesthetes and typical adults (Bowling N)

14:30: Developmental changes in sensory integration underlying body ownership (Greenfield KM, Ropar D)

14:45: Force production during tactile exploration (Loomes A, Roberts R)

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