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, Read more…

Feel Better, Live More Podcast: Touch – The Forgotten Sense with Professor Francis McGlone

Since its launch in January 2018, Dr. Ranjan Chatterjee’s ‘Feel Better, Live More’ podcast has grown rapidly to become the Number 1 health podcast in the UK. It regularly tops the iTunes charts, has been downloaded over 2 million times. The latest episode (#45), released on 16/01/2019, features SomAffect’s Francis Read more…

Stroking modulates noxious-evoked brain activity in human infants (Current Biology – 17/12/18)

Just published, and already making headlines, is our new open-access paper in Current Biology. SomAffect’s Francis McGlone and Susannah Walker (LJMU) have been working closely in collaboration with Rebecca Slater’s lab (University of Oxford) on this study which shows that stroking touch reduces infant neural (EEG) responses to pinpricks & clinical Read more…

Cortex – A touching Sight: EEG/ERP correlates for the vicarious processing of affectionate touch

Professor Francis McGlone, & SomAffect collaborator Professor Annett Schirmer have published a research report in Cortex  – titled: A touching Sight: EEG/ERP correlates for the vicarious processing of affectionate touch. The article is available online now, and SomAffect is able to grant open access to the full article & PDF until 29th Read more…

International Symposium for Affective Touch in Children and Adolescents – 1st & 2nd Feb 2018 – Dresden

Professor McGlone is due to open the ISATCA symposium on Thursday 1st February 2018 with a talk titled “How Do You Feel?” About ISACTA: The study of affective touch perception and its influence on social interactions and emotional processing as well as behavioural development has attracted the attention of multiple Read more…

A Touching Story – BNA Bulletin – Autumn 2017

The Autumn 2017 edition of the BNA Bulletin (free to all British Neuroscience Association Members!) which has just landed on the doormats, in-trays and inboxes of over 2000 people features a 2 page article on C-Tactile fibres, touch, and the work of SomAffect / LJMU Professor Francis McGlone. … “The Read more…

Spinal Column: we all benefit from a tender touch – Melanie Reid, The Times

Melanie Reid MBE is an award-winning Times journalist whose weekly column for The Times, ‘Spinal Column’, is about disability and her life as a disabled person – Melanie is tetraplegic after breaking her neck and back in a riding accident. On November 25 2017, she wrote a column on the benefits Read more…

Future-proofing Healthcare: Neurosense – 2nd November – FREE Event

Future-proofing Healthcare: NeuroSense, a non-promotional evening, hosted by Roche, to explore the future of Neuroscience through the five senses. NeuroSense will address the link between stimulation of the senses and development of the brain, what happens when the brain is damaged and what the future looks like for healing the brain and Read more…

CTs & Microneurography in Moscow

As part of SomAffect’s developing collaboration with Anton Varlamov & Galina Protnova at the Russian Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology, Francis McGlone & Adarsh Makdani were recently invited to help establish a Microneurography lab in Moscow.     The first series of experiments proved extremely promising, and included Read more…