Multiple tactile maps in the human cerebellum

Neuroreport. 2001 Aug 8;12(11):2483-6. doi: 10.1097/00001756-200108080-00039.


Functional imaging studies of the cerebellum have mostly investigated motor performance or have been limited to the anterior lobe and therefore the somatosensory representations in the human cerebellum have not been fully demonstrated. We used fMRI of the entire cerebellum during tactile stimulation of the hand and foot in six normal subjects. Our results demonstrate that the tactile projections to the cerebellum in humans are represented in both the anterior and posterior lobes. in agreement with previous functional imaging studies, our results show a large-scale, between-limb somatotopy comparable to that shown in early animal studies.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain Mapping*
  • Cerebellum / physiology*
  • Hand
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Physical Stimulation
  • Somatosensory Cortex / physiology
  • Touch / physiology*