Why do hugs feel so good?

The social touch hypothesis proposes that C-tactile fibers form a privileged pathway underlying social touch. The pleasantness percept has long been related to a slow, caress-like touch. Here, Case and colleagues propose that deep pressure constitutes another important form of social touch. Their results suggest that the brain activity recorded Read more…

IASAT 2019

(Wednesday 11th – Friday 13th September 2019) We once again look forward to bringing together researchers from around the world to explore and discuss the biology and psychology of affective touch, and its role in brain development and social behaviour.

IASAT 2017

Following the successful inaugural congress in 2015, we once again brought together researchers from around the world in Liverpool to explore and discuss the biology and psychology of affective touch, and its role in brain development and social behaviour.