Touch

The science of touch

Men’s Health: Your skin is two square metres of intimate sensory data. And haptics, the branch of psychology that interprets this information, has recently made some interesting discoveries: according to a study published in the journal Psychological Science, just being touched by a member of the opposite sex is enough More

Toucha-Toucha-Toucha-Touch Me: Morality, Leaning, and the Haptic Origins of Cognition

Touch is the first sense to develop, the most widely spread throughout the human body, and, as Joshua Ackerman suggested in his talk at an APS 23rd Annual Convention symposium, it is the scaffolding around which cognition is built.  And it remains a powerful, if frequently unconscious, force that changes More

Our Perceptions of Masculinity and Femininity Are Swayed by Our Sense of Touch

Gender stereotypes suggest that men are usually tough and women are usually tender. A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds these stereotypes have some real bodily truth for our brains; when people look at a gender-neutral face, they are more likely More