Psychology & Psychiatry

Four ways touch can boost your health and well-being

Most of us know how good it feels to receive a hug from a loved one or hold hands with a partner. But what many of us may not realize is that touch is far more than just a simple physical sensation—it's an essential element ...


Treating gut pain via a Nobel prize-winning receptor

Targeting a receptor responsible for our sense of touch and temperature, which researchers have now found to be present in our colon, could provide a new avenue for treating chronic pain associated with gastrointestinal disorders ...


How touch dampens the brain's response to painful stimuli

When we press our temples to soothe an aching head or rub an elbow after an unexpected blow, it often brings some relief. It is believed that pain-responsive cells in the brain quiet down when these neurons also receive touch ...

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