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Artificial Touch Enabled
Jef Akst | Oct 13, 2016
A quadriplegic 28-year-old man senses touch via stimulation of electrodes implanted in his somatosensory cortex.
Altered Sense of Touch in Autism?
Jef Akst | Jun 10, 2016
A mouse study suggests that disruptions to nerves in the skin may contribute to autism spectrum disorder.
Artificial Skin Communicates with Neurons
Jef Akst | Oct 19, 2015
A new flexible sensor can detect touch and generate electrical pulses that signal intensity of pressure to mouse neurons in vitro.
Pain and Itch Neurons Found
Kerry Grens | Mar 31, 2015
Inhibitory nerve cells in the spinal cord stop the transmission of pain and itch signals in mice.
Bob Grant | Feb 1, 2015
Touch, The Altruistic Brain, Is Shame Necessary?
Pioneering Neuroscientist Dies
Kerry Grens | Jan 19, 2015
Vernon Mountcastle, who mapped the functional landscape of the neocortex, passed away at age 96.
Mapping the Emotional Body
Jef Akst | Nov 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.
Monkeys Accept Virtual Arms as Own
Jef Akst | Aug 26, 2013
In a variation of the classic rubber-hand experiment, researchers have shown how the macaque brain can confuse visual and tactile stimuli.
Why Mice Like Massages
Edyta Zielinska | Feb 1, 2013
Researchers pinpoint a gene marker for neurons sensitive to gentle touch such as grooming.
Kerry Grens | Feb 1, 2013
Scientists probe our sense of touch for a feedback loop between sensation and motion.