Vibrotactile thresholds for detecting a 300-Hz signal in the presence of both a 300-Hz sinusoidal pedestal and a background noise were measured as a function of the amplitudes of the pedestal and noise. Threshold increased monotonically as a function of the amplitude of the noise, but was a nonmonotonic function of the amplitude of the sinusoidal pedestal. Negative masking, in which the pedestal facilitated detection of the test stimulus, was observed in the absence of background noise and in the presence of subthreshold background noise when the pedestal was near or below threshold. Negative masking disappeared when the experiment was conducted in the presence of moderately intense to intense background noise. The results are consistent with a peripheral high-energy threshold for taction.
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