NCBI ROFL: Why can't you tickle yourself?

By ncbi rofl | October 21, 2009 3:00 pm

“It is well known that you cannot tickle yourself… …When a movement is self-produced, its sensory consequences can be accurately predicted, and this prediction can be used to attenuate the sensory effects of the movement. Studies are reviewed that demonstrate that as the discrepancy between predicted and actual sensory feedback increases during self-produced tactile stimulation there is a concomitant decrease in the level of sensory attenuation and an increase in tickliness.”

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  • Dhivajri

    So why isn't there sensory attenuation of other forms of "self-produced tactile stimulation"?

  • Vyapada

    Who says there isn't? Does the "self-produced tactile stimulation" you're describing have the same sensory effect as an externally produced tactile stimulation?


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