Merged Haptic Sensation in the Hand during Concurrent Non-Invasive Proximal Nerve Stimulation

Luis Vargas, He Helen Huang, Yong Zhu, Xiaogang Hu

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Abstract

When individuals interact with the environment, sensory feedback is a critical aspect of the experience. Individuals using prosthesis often have difficulty controlling their device, partly due to a lack of sensory information. Transcutaneous nerve stimulation has the potential to elicit focal haptic sensation when controlled electrical current was delivered to a pair of electrodes in proximity to the nerve. The objective of this preliminary study was to evaluate how different elicited focal haptic sensation were altered, when multiple concurrent electrical stimuli were delivered to different portions of the median and ulnar nerve bundles. The delay between the individual stimulation during concurrent stimuli was also varied to identify if this parameter could alter the resulting sensation region. Lastly, the stability/repeatability of the perceived sensation during concurrent stimuli was determined. Our preliminary results showed that the spatial distribution of the haptic sensation was largely a direct summation/merge of the sensation regions from the individual nerve stimulation when comparing the regions to that of the concurrent double stimulation. Our results also showed that merged sensation region was not sensitive to different time delays the two concurrent stimuli. Lastly, the sensation regions remained stable and showed repeatable sensation in the hand even with 20-60 minutes between repeated stimulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages2186-2189
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781538636466
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 26 2018
Event40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2018 - Honolulu, United States
Duration: Jul 18 2018Jul 21 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
Volume2018-July
ISSN (Print)1557-170X

Other

Other40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHonolulu
Period7/18/187/21/18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics

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