Tonic vibratory stimuli of 1000 ms duration and different frequencies were delivered to muscles of the forearms of young human subjects. Evoked potentials (EPs) were recorded from 29 scalp channels and revealed phasic highly lateralised and focally distributed EPs during the first 100 ms of the recording epoch that could be adequately modelled with a single point dipole source located in the vicinity of the central sulcus contralateral to the stimulated arm. A later negativity with an onset of about 400 ms and a duration of about 800 ms was found to be symmetrically distributed over fronto-central regions. This negativity is interpreted in terms of cortical activation beyond the primary sensory fields and could be related to the kinaesthetic phenomena experienced during muscle vibration.
Research Areas and Centers
- Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)