The skin as an antisocial organ – Connor Haggarty – 3MT 2016

SomAffect PhD student Connor Haggarty took part in the LJMU graduate school 3 minute thesis competition. In this talk entitled “The skin as and antisocial organ” he describes the rationale for his PhD thesis investigating responses to C-Tactile afferent activating touch in autistic individuals.

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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.

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.  (more…)

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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The role of emotion in learning trustworthiness from eye-gaze

A new article in Cognitive Neuroscience from Somaffect team member Ralph Pawling, with collaborators from Bangor University and the University of York.

Find it on online here

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.”

Read the full article at sfari.org…

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BPS Conference Poster Prize Runner Up

Our poster entitled “Evaluative conditioning reveals the rewarding properties of C-tactile stimulation” was awarded a joint runners up prize at the BPS Annual Conference in Liverpool, on May 5th.  Our poster and the other prize winners can be seen here.

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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