The Handbook of Touch

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The Handbook of Touch

SKU# 9780826121912

Neuroscience, Behavioral, and Health Perspectives

Editors:

  • Matthew Hertenstein PhD
  • Sandra Weiss PhD, DNSc, RN
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This book is excellent in its coverage of neurobiological underpinnings through perception, measurement, and communication...a great resource for researchers and clinicians." Score: 94, 4 stars. --Doody's Medical Reviews

This is an expertly constructed volume, due mainly to an expert composition of authors for the individual chapters. Every chapter is like opening a door to a different laboratory, each examining a unique corner of the tactile research universe."--PsycCRITIQUES

...a solid, authoritative resource."--New Hampshire Nurses Association

Touch has received increased attention over the last few decades, with growing recognition of its profound import to all facets of life. The Handbook of Touch is the first authoritative, state-of-the-art resource for scientists, scholars, and students interested in the neurobehavioral foundations of touch and its many applications.

This text provides an in-depth overview of the conceptual and empirical scope of the field. Chapters are written by a cadre of internationally known experts on touch, representing an expansive breadth of knowledge from behavioral, health, and neuroscience disciplines.

Key Features:

  • Integrates knowledge regarding the neurobiology of touch, covering the spectrum from skin physiology and somatosensory pathways to touch-related genes and proteins
  • Synthesizes research about the neural processing and perception of touch
  • Describes diverse methods for measuring touch behavior and human response to touch
  • Discusses the role of touch in social communication, along with the influence of context and culture
  • Presents cutting edge research that links touch to brain organization and plasticity, human development, and varied dimensions of health

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 13, 2011
  • Page Count 536
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826121912
  • EISBN 9780826121929

Table of Contents 

Contributors

Preface

SECTION I THE NEUROBIOLOGY OF TOUCH

    1. The Anatomy and Physiology of the Skin

    2. Sensory Processes of Touch

    3. The Molecular and Genetic Basis of Touch

    4. Brain Plasticity and Touch

SECTION II PERCEIVING THE PHYSICAL WORLD VIA TOUCH

    5. Biomechanical and Neurophysiological Basis of the Processing of Tactile Stimuli

    6. Hierarchical Neural Pathways of Haptic Object Processing

    7. The Organization and Function of Somatosensory Cortex

    8. Crossmodal Interactions in Tactile Perception

    SECTION III MEASUREMENT OF TOUCH

    9. Measurement of Tactile Response and Tactile Perception

    10. Measurement of Touch Behavior

SECTION IV COMMUNICATION VIA TOUCH

    11. Communicating Through Touch: Touching During Parent-Infant Interactions

    12. The Communicative Functions of Touch in Adulthood

    13. Gender and Status Patterns in Social Touch

    14. Tactile Traditions: Cultural Differences and Similarities in Haptic Communication

SECTION V THE RELEVANCE OF TOUCH FOR DEVELOPMENT AND HEALTH

    15. Maternal Touch and the Developing Infant

    16. Tactile Dysfunction in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

    17. Touch in People Who Are Visually Impaired

    18. Massage Therapy: A Review of Recent Research

    19. Haptic Feedback: Technology and Medical Applications

Index