Touch: The Science of the Hand, Heart, and Mind

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Penguin, Jan 29, 2015 - Science - 272 pages
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The New York Times bestselling author examines how our sense of touch and emotion are interconnected

Johns Hopkins neuroscientist and bestselling author of The Compass of Pleasure David J. Linden presents an engaging and fascinating examination of how the interface between our sense of touch and our emotional responses affects our social interactions as well as our general health and development. Accessible in its wit and clarity, Touch explores scientific advances in the understanding of touch that help explain our sense of self and our experience of the world.

From skin to nerves to brain, the organization of the body’s touch circuits powerfully influences our lives—affecting everything from consumer choice to sexual intercourse, tool use to the origins of language, chronic pain to healing. Interpersonal touch is crucial to social bonding and individual development. Linden lucidly explains how sensory and emotional context work together to distinguish between perceptions of what feels good and what feels bad. Linking biology and behavioral science, Linden offers an entertaining and enlightening answer to how we feel in every sense of the word.

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I wasn't sure what to expect at first. The studies Linden chose to begin the book were not the best. However, for the most part, the book was really good. I can't say it was as great as Linden's Accidental Brain, but it was nice enjoyable read. He included some interesting histories, the history of Louie Braille being the best, as well as a lot of interesting neuroscience information related to touch. 

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A penis that has scaly, peeling or dry skin is less likely to be touched than one that is healthy and smooth. This is a no-brainer. So for all the guys and girls out there who have to deal with this issue... I suggest you look into a quality penis health creme. These cremes are made specifically for the penis skin and will moisturize and protect the it from all sorts of unpleasant issues. It takes only a few seconds to apply, but it will keep the skin down there in excellent condition.  


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DAVID J. LINDEN is a professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the New York Times bestselling author of The Compass of Pleasure and The Accidental Mind. He lives in Baltimore with his two children.

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