Psychophysical study of wetness sensation

We investigate the firing of sensory afferents in humans and the mechanisms underlying the perception of this. We use the technique of microneurography, where we record from single afferent fibres in healthy humans and complement this with behavioural testing. Our current research looks at how you sense wetness. It is a combination of touch and temperature inputs, as you have no receptor for wet. Experiments will focus on understanding how wetness is encoded and why some things feel wet, and not others, using a psychophysical approach in humans.

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