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Thanks to brain chip, paralyzed man regains realistic touch in the hand
A brain implant has restored touch in the hand of a paralyzed man, who described the sensations as mimicking natural touch, according to a new study. (2016-10-13)

Build music with blocks: Audio d-touch
Researchers at the University of Southampton have developed a new way to generate music and control computers. (2011-08-24)

Buyer beware: Touching something increases perceived ownership
To avoid unwanted or unnecessary purchases, keep your hands off the goods. That's the conclusion of a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. (2009-03-31)

Soft or firm touch? Study reveals how amputee patients tell the difference
A new study uncovers how two men with amputations, who had electrodes implanted in their residual limbs, discern between soft and firm touch. (2016-10-26)

Merkel cells revealed as secret behind sensation of light touch
Scientists have proved experimentally what has been suspected since the discovery of Merkel cells in the skin over a century ago: the sense of light touch that is critical for hand dexterity would not be possible without these cells. (2009-12-08)

Chinese spice helps unravel the mysteries of human touch
New insight into how human brains detect and perceive different types of touch, such as fluttery vibrations and steady pressures, has been revealed by UCL scientists with the help of the ancient Chinese cooking ingredient, Szechuan pepper. (2021-01-28)

Plants don't like touch: Green thumb myth dispelled
La Trobe University-led research has found that plants are extremely sensitive to touch and that repeated touching can significantly retard growth. The findings, just published in The Plant Journal, could lead to new approaches to optimizing plant growth and productivity -- from field-based farming to intensive horticulture production. (2018-12-15)

Approaching the perception of touch in the brain
More than ten percent of the cerebral cortex are involved in processing information about our sense of touch -- a larger area than previously thought. This is the result of a joint study by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig and Ruhr Universität Bochum. (2019-11-25)

Researchers examine how touch can trigger our emotions
While touch always involves awareness, it also sometimes involves emotion. Now, scientists in Neuron describe a system of slowly conducting nerves in the skin that respond to gentle touch. Investigators are beginning to characterize these nerves and to describe the fundamental role they play in our lives as a social species. Their work also suggests that this soft touch wiring may go awry in disorders such as autism. (2014-05-21)

UC research illuminates 'touchy' subject
Jianguo Gu, Ph.D., at the University of Cincinnati, and his research colleagues have proved that Merkel cells -- which contact many sensory nerve endings in the skin -- are the initial sites for sensing touch. (2014-04-15)

Blame it on the bossa nova: How music changes our perception of touch
Music touches. Until recently, this was only meant in a figurative way -- now it can also be taken literally. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences have found that touch is perceived differently, depending on the music being played. The sexier we perceive the music we are listening to, the more sensual we experience the contact if we think we are touched by another person. (2017-09-04)

2-year-olds adept at using touch-screen technology
Two-year-olds are adept at using touch-screens, and can swipe, unlock, and actively search for features on smartphones and tablets, finds a small study published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. (2015-12-21)

Philosophy of mind: In touch with reality?
When faced with ambiguous information we apparently trust our fingertips more than our eyes. Philosophers at LMU Munich are investigating the special status of touch. (2018-10-23)

Does touch affect flavor? Study finds that how a container feels can affect taste
Does coffee in a flimsy cup taste worse than coffee in a more substantial cup? Firms such as McDonalds and Starbucks spend millions of dollars every year on disposable packaging, but a new study from the April issue of the Journal of Consumer Research suggests that trying to skimp in this area might not be worth it -- and may negatively impact consumers' perceptions of taste and quality. (2008-03-17)

Parents get physical with unruly kids, study finds
Parents get physical with their misbehaving children in public much more than they show in laboratory experiments and acknowledge in surveys, according to one of the first real-world studies of caregiver discipline. (2012-08-03)

Bumblebees recognize objects through sight and touch, a complex cognitive feat
Demonstrating an unprecedented degree of cognitive complexity in an insect, researchers report that bumblebees are capable of recognizing objects across senses. (2020-02-20)

Touch biographies reveal transgenerational nature of touch
The way we feel about being touched -- and the way we touch others -- are shaped by our personal and generational affective history. Touch inequalities, too, are often transmitted through generations, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Tampere shows. For the study, the researchers analysed a unique set of data, namely touch biographies. (2019-02-06)

Sensory neurons identified as critical to sense of touch
While studying the sense of touch, scientists at Duke Medicine have pinpointed specific neurons that appear to regulate perception. The sensory neurons are characterized by thin spikes, and based on their volume, these protrusions determine the cells' sensitivity to force. (2012-10-25)

It pays to go beyond the last word when advertising using Google AdWords
A forthcoming article in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science compares advertising strategies based on last touch and first touch keyword effectiveness metrics and finds that while the return on investment of a last touch strategy is 5 percent more than a first touch strategy, a strategy based on weighting the two metrics improves ROI by another 5 percent. (2016-10-11)

Ducks offer researchers a unique opportunity to study human touch
If it walks like a duck (or a goose or a swan), it can find food in mud without seeing or smelling it. These waterfowl bills are covered in skin that's a lot like the sensitive skin on the palms of our hands, and it can feel food in mud and murky water. Slav Bagriantsev, Eve Schneider, and Evan Anderson at Yale University are researching duck skin to learn more about how our sense of touch works. (2019-03-01)

Researchers discover molecular basis of sense of touch
HHMI researchers have identified a protein that may play an important role in sensing delicate touch. The finding may offer new avenues for investigating the molecular basis of touch. (2000-10-25)

Neuroscientists map brain's response to cold touch
Carnegie Mellon neuroscientists have mapped the feeling of cool touch to the brain's insula in a mouse model. The findings provide an experimental model that will advance research into conditions like pain and hypersensitivity to cold and help researchers to continue to unravel the multifaceted ways touch is represented in the brain. (2018-06-18)

USC scientists probe connection between sight and touch in the brain
USC scientists have discovered that as you look at an object, your brain not only processes what the object looks like, but remembers what it feels like to touch it as well. This connection is so strong that a computer examining data coming only from the part of your brain that processes touch can predict which object you are actually looking at. (2011-09-08)

Gentle touch soothes the pain of social rejection
The gentle touch of another individual soothes the effects of social exclusion, one of the most emotionally painful human experiences, according to new UCL research. (2017-10-18)

A woman's touch: Physical contact increases financial risk taking
A woman's touch is all it takes for people to throw caution to the wind. (2010-05-11)

Study offers approach to treating pain
For many patients with chronic pain, any light touch -- even just their clothes touching their skin -- can be agony. Scientists at EMBL and colleagues have found a possible new avenue for producing painkillers that specifically treat this kind of pain. In a study published online today in eLife, they discovered how the stiffness of our nerve cells influences sensitivity to touch and pain. (2016-12-13)

'Universal law of touch' will enable new advances in virtual reality
Seismic waves, commonly associated with earthquakes, have been used by scientists to develop a universal scaling law for the sense of touch. A team, led by researchers at the University of Birmingham, used Rayleigh waves to create the first scaling law for touch sensitivity. The results are published in Science Advances. (2020-10-09)

In the loop: Scientists reveal how signals travel through rat's whiskers
Like blind peoples' fingers, rats use their whiskers to engage in active sensing - a combination of movement and touch - when trying to figure out the location and identity of a certain object. (2006-05-17)

Touch may alleviate existential fears for people with low self-esteem
As human beings, we all know that we are going to die some day. Most of us deal with this knowledge by trying to live meaningful lives, but people with low self-esteem tend not to see their lives as particularly meaningful. Now, research published in Psychological Science suggests that touch may help people with low self-esteem in confronting their own mortality. (2013-11-06)

Artificial fingertip that 'feels' wins international robotics competition
An open-source 3-D-printed fingertip that can 'feel' in a similar way to the human sense of touch has won an international Soft Robotics competition for its contribution to soft robotics research. (2017-01-18)

A new approach to touch-screen set-up position for best physical workload and visibility
This study aimed to propose a new method for a bi-objective optimization. Ten student participants used a touch screen at 3 different installation heights, 3 tilt angles and with 3 button sizes. The joint angles, while using a touch screen, were measured to estimate physical workload. With the subjective screen visibility determined, the Pareto optimal solution showed ranges of 1124-1251 mm height and 44.4-67.9° tilt angle for the optimal installation of touch screens. (2019-09-19)

Hands-on research
A nuzzle of the neck, a brush of the knee -- these caresses often signal a loving touch, but can also feel highly aversive, depending on who is delivering the touch, and to whom. Interested in how the brain makes connections between touch and emotion, neuroscientists at the California Institute of Technology have discovered that the association begins in the brain's primary somatosensory cortex, a region that was thought only to respond to basic touch. (2012-06-04)

Distance healing: Evidence suggests patients may benefit, says University of Maryland School of Medicine study
A technique known as therapeutic touch, prayer on someone's behalf and other kinds of (2000-06-04)

High-performance flexible transparent force touch sensor for wearable devices
Researchers reported a high-performance and transparent nanoforce touch sensor by developing a thin, flexible, and transparent hierarchical nanocomposite (HNC) film. The research team says their sensor simultaneously features all the necessary characters for industrial-grade application: high sensitivity, transparency, bending insensitivity, and manufacturability. (2018-10-15)

Infants are sensitive to pleasant touch
Infants show unique physiological and behavioral responses to pleasant touch, which may help to cement the bonds between child and parent and promote early social and physiological development, according to research published in Psychological Science. (2014-04-02)

Two-slice-touch rule reliable when diagnosing meniscal tears
The two-slice-touch rule increased the accuracy of diagnosing meniscal tears, according to a study conducted by the Department of Radiology at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and Hospital, in Madison, Wis. (2006-12-06)

Robot rat to lead the way in touch technology
Researchers at the University of Sheffield are using the animal kingdom to help develop sophisticated touch technology for use in intelligent machines, such as robots. The new £5.9M BIOTACT project will bring together nine research groups from seven countries to develop innovative artificial touch technologies, including a (2008-02-12)

Research study by UM Frost School of Music to be presented in Norway at prestigious conference
A new research study conducted by University of Miami Frost School of Music's Music Engineering Technology Group touches upon multi-touch surfaces as emerging valuable tools for collaboration, display, interaction and musical expression. (2011-05-26)

A prescription for touch: Early experiences shape preterm babies' brains
Newborn babies experience the world through touch. Now, researchers who have measured the brain responses of 125 infants -- including babies who were born prematurely and others who went full-term -- show that a baby's earliest experiences of touch have lasting effects on the way their young brains respond to gentle touch when they go home. The findings appear March 16 in Current Biology. (2017-03-16)

Hugs and kisses: Research connects affection, attachment style and marriage satisfaction
Go ahead: Give your partner a hug or cuddle while you catch some Netflix. According to recently published research from Binghamton University, State University of New York, it just might build a stronger relationship. (2020-04-28)

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