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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Now Recruiting: Peripheral Microneurography & Pain Mechanisms

Participants Wanted.

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

Amazon vouchers paid (£10/hour).
One lab session – up to 6 hours.
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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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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.

BPS Annual Conference 2015

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.

Connor

IASAT Meeting Notes

The inaugural congress of the International Association for the Study of Affective Touch (IASAT) was held at University College London, on 20-22 March 2015. 

Please see below for the finalised programme, as well as abstracts and biographies from the conference.

IASAT Programme

IASAT Research Presentation Abstracts

IASAT Speaker’s Abstracts & Biographies

WAIMH – Veldhoven, March 13 – 14

Francis McGlone will be speaking about “Touch and the Developing Social Brain” at World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) conference in Veldhoven, hosted jointly by the Dutch & Flemish affiliates on March 13 – 14 (details below).

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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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International Association for the Study of Affective Touch (IASAT) 2015.

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. (more…)