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Short Synopsis
David J. Linden, the New York Times bestselling author of The Compass of Pleasure, examines how our sense of touch and emotion are interconnected.

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David J. Linden, a Johns Hopkins neuroscientist and the bestselling author of The Compass of Pleasure, presents an engaging and fascinating examination of how the interface between our sense of touch and our emotional responses affects our social interactions as well as our general health and development. Accessible in its wit and clarity, Touch explores scientific advances in the understanding of touch that help explain our sense of self and our experience of the world.

From skin to nerves to brain, the organization of the body's touch circuits powerfully influences our lives—affecting everything from consumer choice to sexual intercourse, tool use to the origins of language, chronic pain to healing. Interpersonal touch is crucial to social bonding and individual development. Linden lucidly explains how sensory and emotional context work together to distinguish between perceptions of what feels good and what feels bad. Linking biology and behavioral science, Linden offers an entertaining and enlightening answer to how we feel in every sense of the word.

"This in-depth, awareness-raising discussion of the effects of touch from head to toe and back again sheds light on a fascinating yet overlooked topic." ---Booklist

"So surpassing does Linden make touch seem that even turning the pages of his book becomes a pleasurable experience." ---Kirkus

"Linden covers the basics of tactile receptor types and sensory maps before diving into several chapters." ---Publishers Weekly

Touch

The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind

Author David J. Linden

Narrated by John Pruden

Publication date Jan 29, 2015

Running time 6 hrs 7 min

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