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Title: Warm temperature stimulus suppresses the perception of skin wetness during initial contact with a wet surface
Authors: Filingeri, Davide
Redortier, Bernard
Hodder, S.G.
Havenith, George
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Citation: FILINGERI, D. ... et al, 2015. Warm temperature stimulus suppresses the perception of skin wetness during initial contact with a wet surface. Skin Research and Technology, 21 (1), pp. 9-14.
Abstract: Background/purpose: In the absence of humidity receptors in human skin, the perception of skin wetness is considered a somatosensory experience resulting from the integration of temperature (particularly cold) and mechanical inputs. However, limited data are available on the role of the temperature sense. Methods: Wet and dry stimuli at 4 and 8°C above local skin temperature were applied on the back of 7 participants (age 21± 2 years) while skin temperature and conductance, thermal and wetness perceptions were recorded. Results: Resting local skin temperature always increased by the application of the stimuli (+0.5 to +1.4°C). No effect of stimulus wetness was found on wetness perceptions (p>0.05). The threshold (point “-2 slightly wet” on the wetness scale) to identify a clearly perceived wetness was never reached during any stimulations and participants did not perceive that some of the stimuli were wet. Overall, warm temperature stimuli suppressed the perception of skin wetness. Conclusions: We conclude that it is not the contact of the skin with moisture per se, but rather the integration of particular sensory inputs (amongst which coldness seems dominant) which drives the perception of skin wetness during the initial contact with a wet surface.
Description: This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/srt.12148
Version: Submitted for publication
DOI: 10.1111/srt.12148
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/14242
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/srt.12148
ISSN: 0909-752X
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