How the brain responds to texture

Our hands and fingertips are amazingly sensitive to texture. We can easily distinguish coarse sandpaper from smooth glass, but we also pick up more subtle differences across a wide range of textures, like the slick sheen ...


Skin receptors convey sensation of texture through vibrations

New research shows that humans distinguish the difference between fine textures, such as silk or satin, through vibrations, which are picked up by two separate sets of nerve receptors in the skin and relayed to the brain.

Medical research

An ear with the right look and feel

(Medical Xpress)—Like a fingerprint, their shape is so characteristic that one can identify us by them. The outer part of our ears has a complex structure that surgeons have a hard time replacing when disease or accident ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Addition of peel to microneedling improves acne scar treatment

(HealthDay)—The combination of sequential 70 percent glycolic acid peel and microneedling results in better acne scar improvement than microneedling alone, according to a study published online Oct. 26 in the Journal of ...


Intradermal LMW-HA injection reduces enlarged facial pores

(HealthDay)—Intradermal injection of low molecular weight hyaluronic acid (LMW-HA) can significantly improve skin texture, reduce pore size, and enhance skin radiance, according to a study published online Aug. 8 in the ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Man or woman? Age affects sex perception

While the human brain takes a fraction of a second to categorise a face as male or female based on cues like a chiselled jawline it seems the brain also takes into account another factor when determining gender—the age ...

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