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2024 Mar 24

Neurogastroenterol Motil


Do we perceive sensations inside and outside of our body differently? Perceptual, emotional, and behavioral differences between visceral and somatic sensation, discomfort, and pain.


Guadagnoli L, Hoffert Y, Den Hond S, Dreesen E, van Ryckeghem D, Van Damme S, Zaman J, Van Oudenhove L


Experimental research evaluating differences between the visceral and somatic stimulation is limited to pain and typically uses different induction methods for visceral and somatic stimulation (e.g., rectal balloon distention vs. tactile hand stimulation). Our study aimed to compare differences in response time, intensity, unpleasantness, and threat between identical electrical visceral and somatic stimulations at both painful and non-painful perceptual thresholds.