Founded in 2015, the society aims to further the scientific enquiry, education and dissemination of ideas within the field of ‘affective touch’ and similar subjects.

Key Aims of the International Association for the Study of Affective Touch

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  • Recognise and advance the fundamental science in the field of affective touch.
  • Recognise the importance of affective touch across the lifespan for physical and mental health, particularly in early development.
  • Promote the widespread use of affective touch in mental health maintenance and treatment and areas that influence early development (e.g. parenting, education).
  • Recognise that some current legislation may undermine the basic evidence and fundamental need for affective touch in these areas.

IASAT will endeavour to support interdisciplinary and public engagement events. The society aims to support both qualitative and quantitative research.

The Team:

IASAT Officers

Rochelle Ackerley, CNRS – Aix-Marseille University, France
Francis McGlone, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kindom

Outgoing president: Håkan Olausson, Linköping University, Sweden

India Morrison, Linköping University, Sweden

Katerina Fotopoulou, UCL, United Kindom


Adarsh Makdani, LJMU

Laura Crucianelli, UCL
Amanda Hornsby, UCL