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Title: Evidence that subclinical somatoform dissociation is not characterised by heightened awareness of proprioceptive signals
Authors: Ratcliffe, Natasha
Newport, Roger
Keywords: Somatoform dissociation
Medically unexplained symptoms
Sensory integration
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Taylor and Francis
Citation: RATCLIFFE, N. and NEWPORT, R., 2016. Evidence that subclinical somatoform dissociation is not characterised by heightened awareness of proprioceptive signals. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 21 (5), pp. 429-446.
Abstract: Introduction: It has been suggested that abnormal perceptual processing and somatosensory amplification may be contributory factors to somatoform symptom reporting. A key source of somatosensory information is proprioception, yet the perception and integration of this sense has not been sufficiently investigated in those prone to somatoform disorders. Methods: Subclinical groups of high- and low-scorers on the Somatoform Dissociation Questionnaire made judgements about the location of their unseen hand following congruent or incongruent visuo-proprioceptive feedback, which was manipulated using a MIRAGE-mediated reality system. Results: No differences were found between groups, with both groups displaying normal proprioceptive accuracy under congruent conditions and equivalent visuo-proprioceptive integration under incongruent conditions. Conclusions: The results suggest that amplification of, or abnormal weighting for, proprioceptive signals is not a contributing factor to somatoform symptom reporting.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Cognitive Neuropsychiatry on 23 Sep 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13546805.2016.1231112.
Sponsor: This work was supported by the BIAL Foundation under grant number 203/12.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/13546805.2016.1231112
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/28420
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/13546805.2016.1231112
ISSN: 1354-6805
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