Functional Microanatomical Model of Meissner Corpuscle

From Finite Element Model to Mechano-Transduction
  • Teja Vodlak
  • Zlatko Vidrih
  • Primoz Pirih
  • Ales Skorjanc
  • Janez Presern
  • Tomaz Rodic
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-44196-1_46

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8619)
Cite this paper as:
Vodlak T., Vidrih Z., Pirih P., Skorjanc A., Presern J., Rodic T. (2014) Functional Microanatomical Model of Meissner Corpuscle. In: Auvray M., Duriez C. (eds) Haptics: Neuroscience, Devices, Modeling, and Applications. EuroHaptics 2014. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 8619. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

A multi-scale framework of human tactile sensation has been developed. The framework consists of two mechanical stages and a post-processing stage. In the first stage, a fingerpad and a stimulus are modelled. The second stage contains a slab of skin containing a Meissner corpuscle. The mechanical output of the second stage is processed by a mechanosensory channel activation model and a spike generator. To our knowledge, this is the first framework linking different levels of sensory processing from mechano-transduction to spike-train comparison. The results of the model are compared to the microneurographical data of a RA1 mechanosensory afferent fibre. The framework could be used as a tool for studying the finger pad-surface interaction in scientific and industrial communities related to touch.

Keywords

Meissner corpuscle Multi-scale FEM Touch Tactile sensibility Cutaneous mechanoreceptors Mechano-transduction 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Teja Vodlak
    • 1
    • 2
  • Zlatko Vidrih
    • 1
    • 2
  • Primoz Pirih
    • 2
  • Ales Skorjanc
    • 2
  • Janez Presern
    • 2
  • Tomaz Rodic
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Engineering, Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational EngineeringSwansea UniversitySwanseaUK
  2. 2.Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Department of Materials and MetallurgyUniversity of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia

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