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A fovea for pain at the fingertips.

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The spatial resolution of sensory systems is not homogeneous across their receptive surfaces. For example, tactile acuity is greatest on the fingertips, reflecting the high innervation density and small mechanoreceptive fields in this area [1, 2]. In contrast, pain is considered to lack any equivalent to the tactile fovea on the fingertips, where the density of nociceptive fibers is remarkably low [3]. Here, by combining psychophysics with histology, we show that this established notion is in...

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10.1016/j.cub.2013.02.008

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Clinical Neurosciences
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Clinical Neurosciences
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Author
Journal:
Current biology : CB More from this journal
Volume:
23
Issue:
6
Pages:
496-500
Publication date:
2013-03-01
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EISSN:
1879-0445
ISSN:
0960-9822
Language:
English
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pubs:394542
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uuid:90a61d66-5697-48aa-b62a-961673c6a344
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pubs:394542
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394542
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2013-11-16

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