Foot painters' toes mapped like fingers in the brain

Foot painters’ toes mapped like fingers in the brain

by University College London, Medical Xpress

Using your feet like hands can cause organised ‘hand-like’ maps of the toes in the brain, never before documented in people, finds a new UCL-led study of two professional foot painters.

These findings, published in Cell Reports, demonstrate an extreme example of how the human body map can change in response to experience.

“For almost all people, each of our fingers is represented by its own little section of the brain, while there’s no distinction between brain areas for each of our toes,” said the study’s lead author, Ph.D. student Daan Wesselink (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and University of Oxford).

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