CT 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
On 13th September 2016, SomAffect’s Francis McGlone will be speaking at a workshop held at University of California, Irvine.
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”
““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.”
This week Ralph, Paula and myself will be presenting posters at the annual BPS conference , in Liverpool. One of the key topics at the conference this year is the social brain.
This will be an excellent opportunity for members of our group to showcase our work in CT afferents to psychologists, clinicians and researchers from across the broad psychology network.
The inaugural congress of the International Association for the Study of Affective Touch (IASAT) will be held at University College London, on 20-22 March 2015.
SANG’s Francis McGlone is part of the organising committee, and will be speaking at the meeting. Continue reading International Association for the Study of Affective Touch (IASAT) 2015.