Sensory stimulation glove Neural Plasticity Lab
Collaborator: Frederick Junker

Aim of the study

Selective electrical stimulation protocols can stimulate learning processes associated with improved tactile performance. To ease up the sensory stimulation to the subject, specific stimulation gloves were developed. These allow specific stimulation of all five fingers of one hand.

This study will investigate whether the known influence of stimulation protocols can be observed on the tactile performance of the finger by stimulation gloves.



At the start of the study the tactile performance of the right index and ring finger and the left index finger of the subject were evaluated by the 2-point discrimination (about 50 min).

Next follows an EEG measurement to determine the cortical activity (about 30 min) and the sensory stimulation via stimulation glove (about 30 min), in which the subject can deal freely.

Finally, the EEG measurement and evaluation of tactile discrimination ability of all three fingers were repeated (60 min).



The Institut für Neuroinformatik (INI) is a central research unit of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. We aim to understand the fundamental principles through which organisms generate behavior and cognition while linked to their environments through sensory systems and while acting in those environments through effector systems. Inspired by our insights into such natural cognitive systems, we seek new solutions to problems of information processing in artificial cognitive systems. We draw from a variety of disciplines that include experimental approaches from psychology and neurophysiology as well as theoretical approaches from physics, mathematics, electrical engineering and applied computer science, in particular machine learning, artificial intelligence, and computer vision.

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