Abstract

Experience-dependent reorganisation of functional maps in the cerebral cortex is well described in the primary sensory cortices. However, there is relatively little evidence for such cortical reorganisation over the short-term. Using human somatosensory cortex as a model, we investigated the effects of a 24-hour gluing manipulation in which the right index and right middle fingers (digits 2 & 3) were adjoined with surgical glue. Somatotopic representations, assessed with two 7 tesla fMRI protocols, revealed rapid off-target reorganisation in the non-manipulated fingers following gluing, with the representation of the ring finger (digit 4) shifted towards the little finger (digit 5) and away from the middle finger (digit 3). These shifts were also evident in two behavioural tasks conducted in an independent cohort, showing reduced sensitivity for discriminating the temporal order of stimuli to the ring and little fingers, and increased substitution errors across this pair on a speeded reaction time task.

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  1. James Kolasinski

    Oxford Centre for fMRI of the Brain, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
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  2. Tamar R Makin

    Oxford Centre for fMRI of the Brain, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
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  3. John Patrick Logan

    Oxford Centre for fMRI of the Brain, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
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  4. Saad Jbabdi

    Oxford Centre for fMRI of the Brain, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
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  5. Stuart Clare

    Oxford Centre for fMRI of the Brain, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
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  6. Charlotte J Stagg

    Oxford Centre for fMRI of the Brain, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
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  7. Heidi Johansen-Berg

    Oxford Centre for fMRI of the Brain, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
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    Heidi Johansen-Berg, Reviewing editor, eLife.

Funding

University College, Oxford

  • James Kolasinski

Wellcome (104128/Z/14/Z)

  • Tamar R Makin

Wellcome (102584/Z/13/Z)

  • Charlotte J Stagg

Medical Research Council (MR/L009013/1)

  • Saad Jbabdi

Wellcome (110027/Z/15/Z)

  • Heidi Johansen-Berg

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

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  1. Richard Ivry, University of California, Berkeley, United States

Ethics

Human subjects: All data were acquired in accordance with local central university research ethics committee approval (University of Oxford MSD-IDREC-C2-2013-05). Eighteen participants were recruited, each providing written informed consent to take part in this study, and for the results of this study to be published.

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  1. Received: April 26, 2016
  2. Accepted: December 29, 2016
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: December 30, 2016 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: January 17, 2017 (version 2)

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© 2016, Kolasinski et al.

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  1. James Kolasinski
  2. Tamar R Makin
  3. John Patrick Logan
  4. Saad Jbabdi
  5. Stuart Clare
  6. Charlotte J Stagg
  7. Heidi Johansen-Berg
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Perceptually relevant remapping of human somatotopy in 24 hours
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