Touch

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Your brain anticipates your touch, effectively canceling out your own tickle.
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Check out the breaking neuroscience news from the Society for Neuroscience’s 2021 annual meeting.
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Mice born without this small group of neurons don’t find touch rewarding and become more sensitive to the negative effects of stress.
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Soft sounds and gentle touches can trigger so-called “brain tingles.” Here’s why.
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Scientist Konstantina Kilteni explains the ins and outs of tickling, discusses the evolutionary purpose behind the sensation, and reveals why we can’t tickle ourselves.
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Try this simple neuroscience trick at home — all you need is a willing participant!
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Why can’t you tickle yourself? Find out here!
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And other neuroscience news for the week of December 7, 2020.
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And other neuroscience news for the week of October 26, 2020.
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David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian just won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their research on the receptors that sense touch and temperature. We spoke with them about their work in 2020.
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Special receptors under your skin create the feelings of itch, touch, temperature, and pain.
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If you were blind since birth and learned how to identify objects by your sense of touch, could you distinguish those objects by sight alone if your vision was suddenly restored?
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  • 18 min

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