Wired For Touch – SA Mind 07/15

SciAmMindJuly2015CoverResearch by SomAffect’s Francis McGlone & Susannah Walker, along with our collaborators, has been featured in an in-depth article about the “Social Power Of Touch” within the July 2015 issue of Scientific American Mind (£).

… This
newly recognized system, known as affective or emotional
touch, consists of nerve fibers triggered by exactly the kind of
loving caress a mother gives her child. It is possible that these
neurobiological foundations of attachment might play a far
more significant role in human behavior than has been
recognized …

…”Affective touch is a potential way in to understanding the
development of the normal social brain,” says Francis Mc-
Glone, a neuroscientist at Liverpool John Moores University
in England and a leader in the field. “It’s giving the brain
knowledge of me and you, and the emotional quality of gentle,
nurturing touch is a very important feeling that underpins a lot
of social interaction.” …

Further reading:

McGlone, F., Wessberg, J., & Olausson, H. (2014). Discriminative and Affective Touch: Sensing and Feeling. Neuron, 82(4), 737–755. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2014.05.001

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