MRI-compatible haptic stimuli delivery systems for investigating neural substrates of touch

Jiabin Yu, Zhiwei Wu, Jiajia Yang, Jinglong Wu

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Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has been widely used to study human tactile perception. To reveal many unsolved problems to human tactile perception, developing complex and fMRI-compatible stimulation devices are crucial for tactile perception research. These stimulation devices, combined with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), can assist researchers in analyzing human brain activity. Through analyzing human brain activity, researchers can clarify how the human brain controls the body. Meanwhile, these device scan provide the best rehabilitation program for patients. This chapter presents previous fMRI-compatible stimulation devices, including texture stimulation, shape stimulation, vibrotactile stimulation, etc., which involve the hands, face, ears, legs and other parts of the body. In this chapter, we examine the design of the devices in greater detail. Finally, we summarize the characteristics of these devices and create an outlook for future fMRI-compatible devices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImproving the Quality of Life for Dementia Patients through Progressive Detection, Treatment, and Care
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781522509264
ISBN (Print)1522509259, 9781522509257
Publication statusPublished - Oct 11 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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