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Discriminative and Affective Touch: Sensing and Feeling
Liverpool John Moores University, England University of Liverpool, England .
University of Gothenburg, Sweden .
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Department of Clinical Neurophysiology. (Centrum för social och affektiv neurovetenskap (CSAN))
2014 (English)In: Neuron, ISSN 0896-6273, E-ISSN 1097-4199, Vol. 82, no 4, 737-755 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-107838DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2014.05.001ISI: 000336379800006OAI: diva2:727902
Available from: 2014-06-23 Created: 2014-06-23 Last updated: 2016-01-21

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