A fovea for pain at the fingertips

How do we localize pain? Touch has an area of high spatial resolution, called a fovea, at the fingertips. In contrast, pain is considered to lack any equivalent to the tactile fovea on the fingertips. Here, Giandomenico Iannetti and Flavia Mancini explain their recent work demonstrating that this established notion is incorrect: There is a fovea for pain at the fingertips. Read more in Mancini et al. in Current Biology.

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