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…

BPS 1 Day Conference: Division of Educational and Child Psychology – 10/02/2017

SomAffect’s Prof. Francis McGlone will be a keynote speaker at one day conference on touch hosted by the BPS:DECP in London on Friday 10th February 2017 Touch: trust, timidity and taboo in professional care for children and young people, who have been rejected, neglected and abused Date: Friday 10th February Read more…

New Book: Affective Touch and the Neurophysiology of CT Afferents: 2016

atncta-coverCT afferents are receptors in mammalian hairy skin that fire action potentials when the skin is touched lightly which makes them particularly important in affective touch.  Traditionally neuroscientific research has focused on more discriminative and haptic properties of touch that are mediated by large myelinated afferents and the coding properties and functional organization of unmyelinated CT afferents have been studied much less.  The proposed volume will draw together existing knowledge in this nascent field. Separate sections will address (1) how we can measure affective touch, (2) CT structure and physiology, (3) CT processing, (4) the contribution of CTs to sexual behavior, (5) clinical relevance, (6) commercial relevance, and (7) future research considerations. (more…)