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    Several factors have been reported to affect the perception of wetness. In the present study, we aimed to examine how wet perception changes when the factors related to thermal and/or wetness stimuli are modulated. First, the percentage of participants experiencing wet perception among filter papers with different water contents (0.00, 3.75, 7.50, 11.25, 15.00, and 18.75 µg/cm2, corresponding to 0.00, 0.18, 0.37, 0.55,0.73 and 0.91 µg/mm3) was evaluated during static touch by the right index finger pad. The stimulus temperature was maintained at 30 °C. Second, the wet perception of paper with a water content of 18.75 µg/cm2 was evaluated at stimulus temperature of 20 °C, 25 °C, 30 °C, 35 °C, and 40 °C. In the first experiment, the percentage of participants experiencing wet perception elevated with the increasing water content; however, the percentage plateaued at 11.25 µg/cm2 of water (68.1 ± 25.5%). In the second experiment, when the stimulus temperature was < 30 °C, the wet perception increased as the stimulation temperature decreased. However, the wet perception reached a plateau at a stimulation temperature ≥30 °C. Participants experienced wet perception more consistently as the water content increased when the stimulus temperature was 30 ˚C. The effect of temperature on wet perception was limited to the stimulus temperature of <30 °C at which cold sensation was induced. However, no clear relationship between stimulus temperature and wet perception was observed when the stimulus temperature was ≥30 ˚C at which warm/hot sensation was induced. Copyright © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


    Issei Kato, Yuta Masuda, Kei Nagashima. Characteristics of wet perception during the static touch of moist paper by the index fingertip alongside thermal stimulus application. Physiology & behavior. 2023 Jan 01;258:114033

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