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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User Review  - bness2 - LibraryThing

Excellent overview of older and recent research on all aspects of human touch, from normal everyday sensations to sexual sensations, chronic pain (or lack of a sense of pain) to itch. Very fascinating stuff. Read full review

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User Review  - dickmanikowski - LibraryThing

Exhaustive exploration of the anatomy and physiology underlying one of our least-appreciated senses. Frankly, the author went into so much detail that I wound up skimming through large sections. Read full review


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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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