Touch – by Poppy Sebag-Montefiore (Granta #146)

Poppy Sebag-Montefiore lived in China for five years between 1999 and 2007. She worked in the BBC’s Beijing Bureau as a news producer and a culture and arts reporter. 

In this article published in the most recent issue of Granta (#146 – The Politics of Feeling), Poppy reflects on touch, culture and society – featuring insight and conversations with Prof. Francis McGlone, and her visit to the SomAffect lab.


… Francis McGlone’s work centres around nerve receptors in our skin called C-tactile afferents. They’ve only been recently discovered in humans. They lie within our hairy skin, and are particularly concentrated in our back, trunk, scalp, face and forearms. They respond to slow and light stroking. …
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