The diversity of contemporary investigative approaches included in this volume provides an exciting account of our current understanding of brain mechanisms responsible for sensory and perceptual experience in the areas of touch, kinesthesia, and pain.
Postgraduate research students in sensory physiology, neurology, psychology and anatomy, and researchers themselves will find that this volume addresses many of the key issues in our attempts to understand the neural mechanisms that mediate sensory experience arising from the body as a whole, the so-called somatic senses, in particular for touch and pain. The volume provides a record of the occasion of the St Petersburg IUPS symposium, chaired by the editors of this volume, and includes some added recent contributions from other leading international figures in the field. Brought together under the sponsoring banner of the IUPS Commission for Somatosensory Physiology and Pain, these scientists with their different experimental approaches seek collectively to understand the brain mechanisms that underlie our own nature and experience.
1. Responses of Slowly Adapting Cutaneous Mechanoreceptive Afferent Fibres to Three-Dimensional Tactile Stimuli 2. Pain Due to Nerve Injury: Role of Nerve Growth Factor 3. The Primary Nociceptive Neuron: A Nerve Cell With Many Functions 4. Evidence for the Presence of a Visceral Pain Pathway in the Dorsal Column of the Spinal Cord 5. Transmission Security Across Central Synapses for Tactile and Kinaesthetic Signals 6. Processing of Higher Order Somatosensory and Visual Information in the Intraparietal Region of the Postcentral Gyrus 7. Sensory and Motor Functions of Face Primary Somatosensory Cortex in the Primate 8. Mechanisms of Somatosensory Plasticity 9. Adaptive Properties of Local Circuits Revealed by Peripheral Denervation 10. Limits of Short-Term Plasticity in Somatosensory Cortex 11. Cortical Plasticity: Growth of New Connections Can Contribute to Reorganization 12. Lateral Interaction in Cortical Networks 13. Modulation of Somatosensory Cortical Responsiveness Following Unexpected Behavioral Outcomes 14. Somatosensory Evoked Magnetic Fields in Humans