More than a rhythm of life: breathing as a binder of orofacial sensation.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

When rodents engage in the exploration of novel stimuli, breathing occurs at an accelerated rate that is synchronous with whisking. We review the recently observed relationships between breathing and the sensations of smell and vibrissa-based touch. We consider the hypothesis that the breathing rhythm serves not only as a motor drive signal, but also as a common clock that binds these two senses into a common percept. This possibility may be extended to include taste through the coordination of licking with breathing. Here we evaluate the status of experimental evidence that pertains to this hypothesis.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kleinfeld, D; Deschênes, M; Wang, F; Moore, JD

Published Date

  • May 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 647 - 651

PubMed ID

  • 24762718

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4140942

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1546-1726

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/nn.3693


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States