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Table 1 Motor-sensory tasks aimed at investigating the modality of triggering crying spells under finger scrubbing

From: Crying spells triggered by thumb-index rubbing after thalamic stroke: a case report

Main tasks Blocks Task alternative modes Crying-triggering tasks/modes On-line video
Light thumb-index rubbing Eyes open Left hand; right hand; both Right hand; both *
Eyes closed Left hand; right hand; both Right hand; both  
Eyes closed, imagined movement Left hand; right hand Right hand *
Eyes open. The “rubbing” hand is covered and replaced by another one’s hand rubbing Left hand; right hand Right hand  
Index and thumb flex but do not touch each other (finger tapping) Left hand; right hand; both None *
Arms straight and crossed, eyes open Left hand; right hand; both Right hand  
Hand immersion in water, 24 °C No motion; right hand None  
Hand fingertips stained with grease Right hand Right hand  
Passive stimulation Passive rubbing of index fingertip (toothbrush) Right hand; right hallux No  
Warming of hand fingertips (hair dryer) Right hand No  
Cognition/speech (narration; reading aloud; month sequencing; counting backwards)   Hands still; right hand “counting money” Right hand  
  1. * Indicate the tests presented in the Additional file 2