Neuroscience

Neural pathway key to sensation of pleasant touch identified

Studying mice, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a neural circuit and a neuropeptide—a chemical messenger that carries signals between nerve cells—that transmit the sensation ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

What shaking a container can teach us about touch

We shake cereal boxes and milk cartons to figure out if there is enough for breakfast. We can easily tell if there is enough toothpaste left in the tube, or if we have enough vitamin tablets left in a bottle. For these actions, ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Pandemic has people hungering to be touched

The human body is programmed to like human contact. Infants depend on being taken care of not only because they need care and food, but to develop normally.

Neuroscience

Synchrony through touch

Touch is fundamental to interpersonal communication. Until recently, it was unclear how affectionate touch and physical contact affect the brain activity and heart rhythms of mothers and babies. Developmental psychologists ...

Neuroscience

Researchers evoke sense of touch through brain implant electrodes

In a first-in-human study, researchers at The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research elicited the sense of touch through a minimally-invasive electrode brain implant. This research, published recently in Brain Stimulation, ...

Neuroscience

Neurons that respond to touch are less picky than expected

Researchers used to believe that individual primary touch-sensitive neatly responded to specific types of touch. Now a Northwestern University study finds that touch-sensitive neurons communicate touch in a much messier and ...

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