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Clin Neurophysiol. 2011 Nov;122(11):2276-81. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2011.03.028. Epub 2011 Apr 23.

Temporal window of integration in the somatosensory modality: an MEG study.

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  • 1Department of Health and Sports, Niigata University of Health and Welfare, Niigata 950-3198, Japan.



We sought to clarify the presence of a temporal window of integration (TWI) in the somatosensory modality by manipulating the inter-stimulus interval (ISI).


We recorded cortical activity following the last of a train of electric pulses (stimulus offset) applied to the left hand in nine healthy volunteers using magnetoencephalography (MEG). Somatosensory evoked magnetic fields (SEFs) were elicited by the offset of a train of pulses 3s in total duration with four ISIs (25, 50, 75, and 100 ms).


Results show that (i) off-M100 was clearly elicited by the ISI-25 and 50 ms conditions but not ISI-75 and 100 ms conditions, and (ii) the generator for off-M100 was mainly located in the contralateral primary and secondary somatosensory cortex (SI and SII).


The upper limit of the TWI in the somatosensory modality is between 50 and 75 ms, and the contralateral SI and SII play an important role in integrating temporal information.


The present study clarifies the presence of the TWI in the somatosensory modality.

Copyright © 2011 International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

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