Aftereffects in Touch

A.M.L. Kappers, W.M. Bergmann Tiest

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An aftereffect is the change in the perception of a (test) stimulus after prolonged stimulation with an (adaptation) stimulus. Usually, this change is in the negative direction, that is, in a direction opposite to that of the adaptation stimulus. Aftereffects are often fast and strong. A well-known example in vision is the waterfall illusion: when looking at trees after staring at a waterfall for a minute or more, the subsequently viewed trees seem to move upwards (Addams, 1834; Swanston and Wade, 1994). Also touch is susceptible to strong aftereffects: temperature, roughness, shape, curvature, motion and size of an object all give rise to aftereffects in touch.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScholarpedia of Touch
EditorsT.J. Prescott, E. Ahissar, E. Izhikevich
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherAtlantis Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9789462391321
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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