Back-to-front: Improved tactile discrimination performance in the space you cannot see

István Kóbor, László Füredi, Gyula Kovács, Charles Spence, Zoltán Vidnyánszky

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We investigated any differences in people's ability to reconstruct the appropriate spatiotemporal ordering of multiple tactile stimuli, when presented in frontal space (a region where visual inputs tend to dominate) versus in the space behind the back (a region of space that we rarely see) in professional piano players and in non-musicians. Even though tactile temporal order judgments were much better in the musicians overall, both groups showed a much reduced crossed-hands deficit when their hands were crossed behind their backs rather than at the front. These results suggest that because of differences in the availability of visual input, the spatiotemporal representation of non-visual stimuli in front versus rear space is different.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-167
Number of pages5
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - May 29 2006


  • Human
  • Learning
  • Professional piano players
  • Tactile temporal order judgment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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