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.
Several influential studies have recently drawn attention to an affective dimension of touch, its social and cognitive role, as well as its neurophysiological and genetic basis. The main aim of this congress is to provide a platform for fruitful scientific exchanges in this nascent field. The congress will bring together for the first time researchers from around the world exploring the nature and role of affective touch in the human brain and mind. We particularly hope the congress will foster interdisciplinary dialogue between the different fields interested in affective touch such as psychology, physiology, genetics, neurobiology and affective neuroscience.
During the meeting, we also aim to hold the first, founding meeting of the International Association for the Study of Affective Touch, in which the mission and governance of the Society can be decided.
EMMANUEL BOURINET (FRANCE), CARISSA CASCIO (USA) CHRIS DIJKERMAN (NETHERLANDS), KATERINA FOTOPOULOU (UK) PAUL JENKINSON (UK), DONNA LLOYD (UK), SARAH LLOYD-FOX (UK) FRANCIS MCGLONE (UK), INDIA MORRISON (SWEDEN) HÅKAN OLAUSSON (SWEDEN), MARTIN PAULUS (USA) CHARLES SPENCE (UK), SOPHIA VRONTOU (USA)
SPECIAL GUEST: CAMILA BATMANGHELIDJH (KIDS COMPANY, UK)
Organising Committee: KATERINA FOTOPOULOU, FRANCIS MCGLONE, INDIA MORRISON, HÅKAN OLAUSSON
Download the leaflet here.