Discriminative and Affective Touch: Sensing and Feeling
2014 (English)In: Neuron, ISSN 0896-6273, E-ISSN 1097-4199, Vol. 82, no 4, 737-755 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
The multimodal properties of the human somatosensory system continue to be unravelled. There is mounting evidence that one of these submodalities-touch-has another dimension, providing not only its well-recognized discriminative input to the brain, but also an affective input. It has long been recognized that touch plays an important role in many forms of social communication and a number of theories have been proposed to explain observations and beliefs about the "power of touch." Here, we propose that a class of low-threshold mechanosensitive C fibers that innervate the hairy skin represent the neurobiological substrate for the affective and rewarding properties of touch.
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Elsevier (Cell Press) , 2014. Vol. 82, no 4, 737-755 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-107838DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2014.05.001ISI: 000336379800006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-107838DiVA: diva2:727902