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Artificial Touch Enabled

By Jef Akst | October 13, 2016

A quadriplegic 28-year-old man senses touch via stimulation of electrodes implanted in his somatosensory cortex.

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Altered Sense of Touch in Autism?

By Jef Akst | June 10, 2016

A mouse study suggests that disruptions to nerves in the skin may contribute to autism spectrum disorder.

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Artificial Skin Communicates with Neurons

By Jef Akst | October 19, 2015

A new flexible sensor can detect touch and generate electrical pulses that signal intensity of pressure to mouse neurons in vitro.

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Pain and Itch Neurons Found

By Kerry Grens | March 31, 2015

Inhibitory nerve cells in the spinal cord stop the transmission of pain and itch signals in mice.

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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | February 1, 2015

Touch, The Altruistic Brain, Is Shame Necessary?, and Future Arctic

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Pioneering Neuroscientist Dies

By Kerry Grens | January 19, 2015

Vernon Mountcastle, who mapped the functional landscape of the neocortex, passed away at age 96.

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Mapping the Emotional Body

By Jef Akst | November 17, 2014

Researchers studying neurons that respond to gentle touch reveal that people find strokes on another person's back and shoulder more pleasurable than strokes to the forearm and hand.

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Monkeys Accept Virtual Arms as Own

By Jef Akst | August 26, 2013

In a variation of the classic rubber-hand experiment, researchers have shown how the macaque brain can confuse visual and tactile stimuli.

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Why Mice Like Massages

By Edyta Zielinska | February 1, 2013

Researchers pinpoint a gene marker for neurons sensitive to gentle touch such as grooming.

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Human Whiskers

By Kerry Grens | February 1, 2013

Scientists probe our sense of touch for a feedback loop between sensation and motion.

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