Somatosensory processing in gilles de la tourette syndrome

Alexander Kleimaker, Maximilian Kleimaker, Christian Beste, Tobias Baümer, Alexander Münchau*

*Corresponding author for this work


In Tourette syndrome, premonitory urges preceding tics play a prominent role, e. g., as an urge to perform a certain action, but also as a cold or warm feeling, the feeling of a mounting tension in the muscles involved in tics or other unpleasant perceptions. The execution of tics results in a temporary reduction of these feelings. Additionally, there is a hypersensitivity to external stimuli and a high level of distractibility. In corroboration of these fi ndings, adolescent Tourette patients show a thinning of the primary somatosensory cortex and secondary somatosensory areas. Also, reduced prepulse inhibition and reductions of short afferent inhibition provide further evidence for defi cient inhibitory and gating functions in Tourette patients.

Original languageEnglish
JournalZeitschrift fur Neuropsychologie
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)238-242
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 12.2019

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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