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BPS 1 Day Conference: Division of Educational and Child Psychology – 10/02/2017

SomAffect’s Prof. Francis McGlone will be a keynote speaker at one day conference on touch hosted by the BPS:DECP in London on Friday 10th February 2017


Touch: trust, timidity and taboo in professional care for children and young people, who have been rejected, neglected and abused

Date: Friday 10th February 2017

Times: 09-30 to 16-30 (Registration 9.00-9.30)

Venue: BPS London Office, 30 Tabernacle Street, London. EC2A 4UE

Conference costs: £50 including lunch and refreshments

Speakers: Prof. Francis McGlone, Prof. Heather Piper, Dr Laura Steckley, Dr Tony Mancini, and Dr Sean Cameron

Objectives for the day:

  1. To consider the latest research on ‘affective touch’ and its place in professional child care.
  2. To clarify the issues around recommended practice guidelines and/or current perceptions on the employment of touch in schools, children’s homes and foster/ adoptive family homes.
  3.  To discuss safeguarding issues for both young people and their carers.
  4. To decide whether the ‘touch taboo’ issue is one on which the BPS and the DECP should take a more robust and positive stance.
  5. To draft a series of principles and guidelines concerning touch in childcare and educational contexts.

DECP Feb 10th 2017 programme (docx)

New Book: Affective Touch and the Neurophysiology of CT Afferents: 2016

atncta-coverCT afferents are receptors in mammalian hairy skin that fire action potentials when the skin is touched lightly which makes them particularly important in affective touch.  Traditionally neuroscientific research has focused on more discriminative and haptic properties of touch that are mediated by large myelinated afferents and the coding properties and functional organization of unmyelinated CT afferents have been studied much less.  The proposed volume will draw together existing knowledge in this nascent field. Separate sections will address (1) how we can measure affective touch, (2) CT structure and physiology, (3) CT processing, (4) the contribution of CTs to sexual behavior, (5) clinical relevance, (6) commercial relevance, and (7) future research considerations. Continue reading New Book: Affective Touch and the Neurophysiology of CT Afferents: 2016

Workshop: Interacting with Robots Through Touch – UC Irvine, USA

On 13th September 2016, SomAffect’s Francis McGlone will be speaking at a workshop held at University of California, Irvine.

Register at: http://www.socsci.uci.edu/~jkrichma/haptics_workshop.html


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Pain, the Brain and a Little Bit of Magic

On Friday 29th April at 1:30pm Liverpool Pain Relief Foundation will be hosting an interesting event which is currently touring the region.

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Pain, the Brain and a Little Bit of Magic is an empowering performance talk which takes alook inside the brain, exploring how we feel pain, how pain is signalled in the body and how we develop chronic conditions. Based on pioneering research, ‘Pain, the Brain and a Little Bit of Magic’ offers an optimistic message of how chronic pain may be better understood and treated.

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Brain Awareness Week: March 14-20 2016

BAW Logo - get_connectedFBThis year March 14th to 20th is Brain Awareness Week – an annual, global campaign to “increase the public awareness of the progress & benefits of brain research” organised by The DANA Foundation, and hundreds of partners worldwide.

Open-Access & Open-Science (Science 22/01/16)

In 2005, the Wellcome Trust became the first research institution to mandate Open-Access to any publication that stemmed from research funded by the trust. In October 2015 Kate Arkless Gray wrote an interesting article on “10 years of Open Access at the Wellcome Trust in 10 numbers” at the Wellcome Trust blog.

Science20160122Today in Science, Brian Owen’s reports that the Montreal Neurological Institute is going  further still to become the first scientific institute where all research must follow Open-Science principles. Continue reading Open-Access & Open-Science (Science 22/01/16)

MRC Grant: How the brain controls our sense of touch.

LJMU’s press office has announced the news of our MRC grant award:

MRCGrantNews181115A three-year Medical Research Council (MRC) funded study (£~700K) is being led by Dr Sue Francis (PI) at Nottingham University’s Sir Peter Mansfield Brain Imaging Centre and Professor Francis McGlone (Co-I) from the School of Natural Sciences & Psychology at LJMU.  Continue reading MRC Grant: How the brain controls our sense of touch.

Now Recruiting Sona Participants: Peripheral Microneurography & Pain Mechanisms

Participants Wanted.

 We are looking for healthy participants – aged 18-60.

1 Sona Point + £5 Amazon Vouchers Per Hour.
One lab session – up to ~6 hours
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Failure to Replicate: Sound the Alarm

We’ve come across an interesting article in The DANA Foundation’s Cerebrum about an investigation into the reproducibility of findings in social & cognitive psychology.

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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 (£).

Continue reading Wired For Touch – SA Mind 07/15