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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

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.

Stroke me for longer, this touch feels too short: The effect of pleasant touch on temporal perception

Conciousness & CognitionNew article in Consciousness & Cognition by Somaffect team members Francis McGlone & David Moore with LJMU collaborator Ruth Ogden

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In autism brains, response to ‘social touch’ is altered

Research by SomAffect’s Francis McGlone appears in this month’s SFARI newsletter.

“The brains of people with autism respond differently to a gentle brush on the arm — a form of social touch — than do those of people without the disorder, according to a study published 5 June in Cerebral Cortex”

SFARI““I find it very exciting,” says Kamila Markram, Autism Project director at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne, who proposed the intense world theory in 2007. The new study supports the idea that sensory overload is a key biomarker of autism.”

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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 (£).

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Unseen agony: Dismantling autism’s house of pain – SFARI 05/15


David Moore recently spoke to Sarah DeWeerdt  for the Simons FoundationAutism Research Initiative, about pain & autism.

Unseen agony: Dismantling autism’s house of pain

“I was surprised by how little literature exists on autism and
pain,” says David Moore, senior lecturer in psychology at SFARI_MAY2015COVERLiverpool John Moores University in the U.K., who last year published a review of the field


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Why Your Brain Needs Touch To Make You Human – New Scientist 28/02/15

NewScientist28Feb2015Francis McGlone, and research by SomAffect & Collaborators, are featured in article about The Touch That Made You printed in the 28th February 2015 edition of New Scientist (£).

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