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10 Articles About The Neuroscience of Touch — Richard Lebert Registered Massage Therapy

10 Articles About The Neuroscience of Touch — Richard Lebert Registered Massage Therapy


Socioculturally appropriate touch has been shown to stimulate the release of neurochemicals (neurotransmitters and neuropeptides) associated with a sense of comfort, well-being, relaxation and pain relief. Whether you are a therapists interested in the nervous system or you simply are looking for reading materials for continuing education credits, here is a list of ten open access articles about touch and the nervous system.

Abraira, V. E., & Ginty, D. D. (2013). The sensory neurons of touch. Neuron, 79(4), 618–639. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2013.07.051

Cascio, C. J., Moore, D., & McGlone, F. (2019). Social touch and human development. Developmental cognitive neuroscience, 35, 5–11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2018.04.009

Case, L. K., Liljencrantz, J., McCall, M. V., Bradson, M., Necaise, A., Tubbs, J., Olausson, H., Wang, B., & Bushnell, M. C. (2021). Pleasant Deep Pressure: Expanding the Social Touch Hypothesis. Neuroscience, 464, 3–11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroscience.2020.07.050

Chen, W. G., Schloesser, D., Arensdorf, A. M., Simmons, J. M., Cui, C., Valentino, R., Gnadt, J. W., Nielsen, L., Hillaire-Clarke, C. S., Spruance, V., Horowitz, T. S., Vallejo, Y. F., & Langevin, H. M. (2021). The Emerging Science of Interoception: Sensing, Integrating, Interpreting, and Regulating Signals within the Self. Trends in neurosciences, 44(1), 3–16. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tins.2020.10.007

Ferreira, B. R., Aguirre, C. C., Rapoport-Hubschman, N., Adewuya, A. O., Canchy, L., Morizet, D., Vincenzi, F., & McGlone, F. P. (2023). The skin-brain connection and pleasant touch as supportive care for psychocutaneous disorders. Skin health and disease, 4(1), e310. https://doi.org/10.1002/ski2.310

Fotopoulou, A., von Mohr, M., & Krahé, C. (2022). Affective regulation through touch: homeostatic and allostatic mechanisms. Current opinion in behavioral sciences, 43, 80–87. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cobeha.2021.08.008

Lowy, D. B., Makker, P. G. S., & Moalem-Taylor, G. (2021). Cutaneous Neuroimmune Interactions in Peripheral Neuropathic Pain States. Frontiers in immunology, 12, 660203. https://doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2021.660203

Lloyd, D. M., McGlone, F. P., & Yosipovitch, G. (2015). Somatosensory pleasure circuit: from skin to brain and back. Experimental dermatology, 24(5), 321–324. https://doi.org/10.1111/exd.12639

Moehring, F., Halder, P., Seal, R. P., & Stucky, C. L. (2018). Uncovering the Cells and Circuits of Touch in Normal and Pathological Settings. Neuron, 100(2), 349–360. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2018.10.019

Packheiser, J., Hartmann, H., Fredriksen, K., Gazzola, V., Keysers, C., & Michon, F. (2024). A systematic review and multivariate meta-analysis of the physical and mental health benefits of touch interventions. Nature human behaviour, 10.1038/s41562-024-01841-8. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-024-01841-8



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