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.”
Read the full article at sfari.org…
Research 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 (£).
We are looking for healthy participants – aged 18-60.
Amazon vouchers paid (£10/hour).
One lab session – up to 6 hours. (more…)
David Moore recently spoke to Sarah DeWeerdt for the Simons Foundation – Autism 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 Liverpool John Moores University in the U.K., who last year published a review of the field…
Read the full article.
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.
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) 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 Research Presentation Abstracts
IASAT Speaker’s Abstracts & Biographies
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).
Francis 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 (£).
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…)