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Touch : the science of hand, heart, and mind / David J. Linden.

Linden, David J., 1961-
Date
[2015]
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About this work

Description

"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"--

"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"--

Publication/Creation

New York : Viking Penguin, [2015]

Physical description

261 pages : black and white illustrations ; 24 cm

Contents

The skin is a social organ -- Pick it up and put it in your pocket -- The anatomy of a caress -- Sexual touch -- Hot chili peppers, cool mint, and vampire bats -- Pain and emotion -- The itchy and scratchy show -- Illusion and transcendence.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-247) and index.

Languages

  • English


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Identifiers

ISBN

  • 9780670014873
  • 0670014877
  • 9780241184042
  • 0241184045
  • 9780241184035
  • 0241184037