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Touch can tap into our social and emotional well-being

Yagmur Idil Ozdemir, November 13 2020

The link between oxytocin, CT afferent fibers and our wellbeing Oxytocin is a hormone that has wide-reaching importance in regulating our social well-being and mental wellness. Oxytocin is a type of neuropeptide, which is a signalling molecule in our nervous system. Oxytocin is released to several regions that are important in the regulation of soc...

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Touch can bind us together

Yagmur Idil Ozdemir, November 6 2020

Findings that extend from neuroscience to developmental psychology support that CT-fibers are the most likely conductor of touch’s regulatory effects in our social well-being. The importance of touch in our social connections is well established and has been studied by numerous researchers within psychology and neuroscience. In developmental psycho...

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Touch makes us happy

Yagmur Idil Ozdemir, October 30 2020

The 4 groups of low-threshold mechanoreceptors that we covered in our previous blog are highly studied, but they are not the only types of mechanoreceptors worth exploring. The discrete C-afferent tactile fibers, or CT-fibers for short, innervate a heterogeneous group of mechanoreceptors that are found on both hairy and non-hairy (glabrous) skin,...

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Touch allows us to feel

Yagmur Idil Ozdemir, October 23 2020

The sense of touch that our skin allows is so innate and essential to our identity, but how much do we know about our skin and how it allows us to feel touch? Follow this series of posts on touch to learn more.

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