CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE AND NEUROPATHOLOGYPreattentive interference between touch and audition: a case study on multisensory alloesthesiaOrtigue, Stephanie1 2 CA; Jabaudon, Denis1; Landis, Theodor1; Michel, Christoph M.1 2; Maravita, Angelo3 4; Blanke, Olaf1 5Author Information 1Functional Brain Mapping Laboratory, Department of Neurology, University Hospital of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland 2Department of Fundamental Neuroscience, University Medical School, Geneva, Switzerland 3Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, 17 Queen Square, London WC1N3AR, UK 4Department of Psychology, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy 5Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, Brain-Mind Institute, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland CACorresponding Author: email@example.com Received 24 February 2005; accepted 14 March 2005 NeuroReport: May 31st, 2005 - Volume 16 - Issue 8 - p 865-868 Buy SDC Abstract Alloesthesia is a rare clinical condition that corresponds to a spatial disorder of stimulus localization, in which patients experience a given stimulus on the side opposite to the side of stimulation. Whereas it has been mostly described for unisensory stimulations, evidence of multisensory alloesthesia is only anecdotal. Here, we investigated a case of multisensory auditory–tactile alloesthesia. Our data suggest that auditory–tactile integration and multisensory alloesthesia not only depend on attentional mechanisms, but also on somatotopic preattentive mechanisms. © 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.