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Transcranial magnetic stimulation over contralateral primary somatosensory cortex disrupts perception of itch intensity (2018)
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Jones, O., Jones, O., Schindler, I., Schindler, I., Holle, H., & Holle, H. (in press). Transcranial magnetic stimulation over contralateral primary somatosensory cortex disrupts perception of itch intensity. Experimental Dermatology, https://doi.org/10.1111/exd.13803

Itch, a complex unpleasant sensation causing the desire to scratch, results from the activity of a network of brain regions. However, the specific functional contributions of individual regions within this network remains poorly understood. We invest... Read More

Effects of short-term temperature change in the innocuous range on histaminergic and non-histaminergic acute itch (2018)
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Lewis, Z., George, D. N., Cowdell, F., & Holle, H. (2019). Effects of short-term temperature change in the innocuous range on histaminergic and non-histaminergic acute itch. Acta dermato-venereologica, 99(2), 188-195. https://doi.org/10.2340/00015555-3077

While temperatures in the noxious range are well-known to inhibit acute itch, the impact of temperature in the innocuous temperature range is less well understood. We investigated the effect of alternating short-term temperature changes in the innocu... Read More

Transcranial magnetic stimulation over left inferior frontal and posterior temporal cortex disrupts gesture-speech integration (2018)
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Zhao, W., Riggs, K., Schindler, I., & Holle, H. (2018). Transcranial magnetic stimulation over left inferior frontal and posterior temporal cortex disrupts gesture-speech integration. Journal of Neuroscience, 38(8), 1891-1900. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1748-17.2017

Language and action naturally occur together in the form of co-speech gestures and there is now convincing evidence that listeners display a strong tendency to integrate semantic information from both domains during comprehension. A contentious quest... Read More

Assessing acute itch intensity : general labelled magnitude scale is more reliable than classic visual analogue scale (2016)
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Jones, O., Holle, H., Jones, O., & Schindler, I. (2017). Assessing acute itch intensity : general labelled magnitude scale is more reliable than classic visual analogue scale. Acta dermato-venereologica, 97(3), 375-376. https://doi.org/10.2340/00015555-2584

The reliable measurement of itch intensity is crucial, both in research as well as clinical contexts. For example, when the reliability of a measurement scale is unknown, it is impossible to determine whether a patient has changed sufficiently to be... Read More

Hand gestures as visual prosody: BOLD responses to audio–visual alignment are modulated by the communicative nature of the stimuli (2016)
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Biau, E., Morís Fernández, L., Holle, H., Avila, C., & Soto-Faraco, S. (2016). Hand gestures as visual prosody: BOLD responses to audio–visual alignment are modulated by the communicative nature of the stimuli. NeuroImage, 132, 129-137. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.02.018

During public addresses, speakers accompany their discourse with spontaneous hand gestures (beats) that are tightly synchronized with the prosodic contour of the discourse. It has been proposed that speech and beat gestures originate from a common un... Read More

The role of auditory itch contagion in psoriasis (2015)
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Swithenbank, S., Cowdell, F., & Holle, H. (2016). The role of auditory itch contagion in psoriasis. Acta dermato-venereologica, 96(6), 728-731. https://doi.org/10.2340/00015555-2320

Itch and associated scratching is a common and distressing symptom of psoriasis. Here, we tested whether people with psoriasis, relative to healthy controls, show an increased vulnerability to auditory itch contagion (a deleterious influence) when pr... Read More

Brain oxygenation patterns during the execution of tool use demonstration, tool use pantomime, and body-part-as-object tool use (2015)
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Helmich, I., Holle, H., Rein, R., & Lausberg, H. (2015). Brain oxygenation patterns during the execution of tool use demonstration, tool use pantomime, and body-part-as-object tool use. International journal of psychophysiology : official journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology, 96(1), 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2015.03.001

© 2015 Elsevier B.V. Divergent findings exist whether left and right hemispheric pre- and postcentral cortices contribute to the production of tool use related hand movements. In order to clarify the neural substrates of tool use demonstrations with... Read More

Inconsistent use of gesture space during abstract pointing impairs language comprehension (2015)
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Gunter, T. C., Weinbrenner, J. E. D., & Holle, H. (2015). Inconsistent use of gesture space during abstract pointing impairs language comprehension. Frontiers in psychology Frontiers Research Foundation, 6(FEB), https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00080

Pointing toward concrete objects is a well-known and efficient communicative strategy. Much less is known about the communicative effectiveness of abstract pointing where the pointing gestures are directed to “empty space.” McNeill's (2003) observati... Read More

EasyDIAg: A tool for easy determination of interrater agreement (2014)
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Holle, H., Holle, H., Rein, R., & Rein, R. (2015). EasyDIAg: A tool for easy determination of interrater agreement. Behavior research methods, 47(3), 837-847. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13428-014-0506-7

Reliable measurements are fundamental for the empirical sciences. In observational research, measurements often consist of observers categorizing behavior into nominalscaled units. Since the categorization is the outcome of a complex judgment process... Read More

Functional and structural brain differences associated with mirror-touch synaesthesia (2013)
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Holle, H., Banissy, M. J., & Ward, J. (2013). Functional and structural brain differences associated with mirror-touch synaesthesia. NeuroImage, 83(December), 1041-1050. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.07.073

Observing touch is known to activate regions of the somatosensory cortex but the interpretation of this finding is controversial (e.g. does it reflect the simulated action of touching or the simulated reception of touch?). For most people, observing... Read More

Contagious scratching: shared feelings but not shared body locations (2013)
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Ward, J., Burckhardt, V., & Holle, H. (2013). Contagious scratching: shared feelings but not shared body locations. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 7(122), https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2013.00122

A commentary on: The neural basis of contagious itch and why some people are more prone to it by Holle, H., Warne, K., Seth, A. K., Critchley, H. D., and Ward, J. (2012). Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 109, 19816–19821.

Personality traits in people with synaesthesia: do synaesthetes have an atypical personality profile? (2013)
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Banissy, M. J., Holle, H., Cassell, J., Annett, L., Tsakanikos, E., Walsh, V., …Ward, J. (2013). Personality traits in people with synaesthesia: do synaesthetes have an atypical personality profile?. Personality and individual differences, 54(7), 828-831. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2012.12.018

People with synaesthesia not only have – by definition – unusual experiences (e.g., numbers triggering colour), they also have a different cognitive profile (e.g., in terms of their memory and perceptual abilities) and a bias towards cert... Read More

Neural basis of contagious itch and why some people are more prone to it (2012)
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Holle, H., Warne, K., Seth, A. K., Critchley, H. D., & Ward, J. (2012). Neural basis of contagious itch and why some people are more prone to it. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109(48), 19816-19821. doi:10.1073/pnas.1216160109

Watching someone scratch himself can induce feelings of itchiness in the perceiver. This provides a unique opportunity to characterize the neural basis of subjective experiences of itch, independent of changes in peripheral inputs. In this study, we... Read More

Gesture facilitates the syntactic analysis of speech (2012)
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Holle, H., Obermeier, C., Schmidt-Kassow, M., Friederici, A. D., Ward, J., & Gunter, T. C. (2012). Gesture facilitates the syntactic analysis of speech. Frontiers in Psychology, 3(MAR), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00074

Recent research suggests that the brain routinely binds together information from gesture and speech. However, most of this research focused on the integration of representational gestures with the semantic content of speech. Much less is known about... Read More

Proprioceptive drift without illusions of ownership for rotated hands in the "rubber hand illusion" paradigm (2011)
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Holle, H., McLatchie, N., Maurer, S., & Ward, J. (2011). Proprioceptive drift without illusions of ownership for rotated hands in the "rubber hand illusion" paradigm. Cognitive neuroscience, 2(3-4), (171-178). doi:10.1080/17588928.2011.603828. ISSN 1758-8928

The rubber hand illusion is one reliable way to experimentally manipulate the experience of body ownership. However, debate continues about the necessary and sufficient conditions eliciting the illusion. We measured proprioceptive drift and the subje... Read More

Imitation and observational learning of hand actions: prefrontal involvement and connectivity (2011)
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Higuchi, S., Holle, H., Roberts, N., Eickhoff, S. B., & Vogt, S. (2012). Imitation and observational learning of hand actions: prefrontal involvement and connectivity. NeuroImage, 59(2), 1668-1683. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.09.021

The first aim of this event-related fMRI study was to identify the neural circuits involved in imitation learning. We used a rapid imitation task where participants directly imitated pictures of guitar chords. The results provide clear evidence for t... Read More

What iconic gesture fragments reveal about gesture-speech integration: when synchrony is lost, memory can help. (2011)
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Obermeier, C., Gunter, T. C., & Holle, H. (2011). What iconic gesture fragments reveal about gesture-speech integration: when synchrony is lost, memory can help. Journal of cognitive neuroscience, 23(7), 1648-1663. doi:10.1162/jocn.2010.21498

The present series of experiments explores several issues related to gesture-speech integration and synchrony during sentence processing. To be able to more precisely manipulate gesture-speech synchrony, we used gesture fragments instead of complete... Read More

That's not a real body: identifying stimulus qualities that modulate synaesthetic experiences of touch (2011)
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Holle, H., Banissy, M., Wright, T., Bowling, N., & Ward, J. (2011). That's not a real body: identifying stimulus qualities that modulate synaesthetic experiences of touch. Consciousness and cognition, 20(3), (720-726). doi:10.1016/j.concog.2010.12.002. ISSN 1053-8100

Mirror-touch synaesthesia is a condition where observing touch to another's body induces a subjective tactile sensation on the synaesthetes body. The present study explores which characteristics of the inducing stimulus modulate the synaesthetic touc... Read More

The time course of lexical access in morphologically complex words (2010)
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Holle, H., Gunter, T. C., & Koester, D. (2010). The time course of lexical access in morphologically complex words. NeuroReport, 21(5), 319-323. doi:10.1097/WNR.0b013e328335b3e0

Compounding, the concatenation of words (e.g. dishwasher), is an important mechanism across many languages. This study investigated whether access of initial compound constituents occurs immediately or, alternatively, whether it is delayed until the... Read More

Integration of iconic gestures and speech in left superior temporal areas boosts speech comprehension under adverse listening conditions (2010)
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Holle, H., Obleser, J., Rueschemeyer, S., & Gunter, T. C. (2010). Integration of iconic gestures and speech in left superior temporal areas boosts speech comprehension under adverse listening conditions. NeuroImage, 49(1), (875-884). doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2009.08.058. ISSN 1053-8119

Iconic gestures are spontaneous hand movements that illustrate certain contents of speech and, as such, are an important part of face-to-face communication. This experiment targets the brain bases of how iconic gestures and speech are integrated duri... Read More