Investigations of Neural Code for Non-Invasive Tactile Sensory Feedback

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The nervous system encodes sensory information arising in the environment using short electrical impulses called spikes or action potentials which are transmitted to the brain via sensory nerve fibres (afferents). Our team has demonstrated non-invasive creation of various patterns of spiking activity in tactile sensory nerve and encoding of neural information to create perceptual experience of tactile stimuli. The proposed project will use psychophysics experiments combined with unique technology of human microneurography to further explore neural encoding mechanisms and non-invasive stimulation technology to model tactile precepts of various features of tactile stimuli useful for developing sensory feedback in prosthetic devices.

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Supervisory team
Richard
Vickery

Medicine
Medical Sciences
Andrew
Moorhouse

Medicine
Medical Sciences
Ingvars
Birznieks

Medicine
Medical Sciences
Richard.Vickery@unsw.edu.au

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