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Research Article

The Morphology of the Rat Vibrissal Array: A Model for Quantifying Spatiotemporal Patterns of Whisker-Object Contact

  • R. Blythe Towal equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: R. Blythe Towal, Brian W. Quist

    Affiliation: Department of Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Brian W. Quist equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: R. Blythe Towal, Brian W. Quist

    Affiliation: Department of Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Venkatesh Gopal,

    Affiliation: Department of Physics, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Joseph H. Solomon,

    Affiliation: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Mitra J. Z. Hartmann mail

    m-hartmann@northwestern.edu

    Affiliations: Department of Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States of America, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Published: April 07, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1001120

About the Authors

R. Blythe Towal, Brian W. Quist, Mitra J. Z. Hartmann
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States of America
Venkatesh Gopal
Department of Physics, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois, United States of America
Joseph H. Solomon, Mitra J. Z. Hartmann
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: m-hartmann@northwestern.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: RBT BWQ VG MJZH. Performed the experiments: RBT BWQ MJZH. Analyzed the data: RBT BWQ VG JHS. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: RBT BWQ VG JHS. Wrote the paper: RBT BWQ MJZH.