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—The Washington Post
“Touch is a treasure trove for anyone wanting to decode the frisson of a lover’s caress.”
“With a novelist’s flair for anecdote, Linden unpacks the science behind touch by revealing how the sense informs and motivates us in everyday situations.”
“A crisp reminder that the sense of touch is not to be taken lightly . . . So surpassing does Linden make touch seem that even turning the pages of his book becomes a pleasurable experience.”
“This in-depth, awareness-raising discussion of the effects of touch from head to toe and back again sheds light on a fascinating yet overlooked topic.
“The sensation of touch, so ubiquitous in how we interact with our world, gets a sensualist pop-biology treatment. . . . His exploration of the relationship between the things we feel with our fingertips and those we feel in our hearts begins with social touch and its lasting effects on babies and rats. Linden covers the basics of tactile receptor types and sensory maps before diving into several chapters—all appropriately science-based, yet somehow slightly lurid and intimate—on caresses, sexual arousal, and orgasm. . . . Linden sandwiches a surprising amount of anatomical information between the stories of bad hand jobs and children who die young because they can’t feel pain.”
About the Author
- Publication Date : January 29, 2015
- File Size : 15449 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 262 pages
- Publisher : Penguin Books; 1st Edition (January 29, 2015)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00LFZ862I
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0670014877
- Best Sellers Rank: #602,766 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Easy to read, Touch doesn't shy away from discussing fine details important to understanding the underlying mechanisms of how we perceive the multitude of varying stimuli that are subsumed under the general heading of "touch" (pressure, thermal, vibrations, etc.) but never becomes so bogged down by technical material as to be unapproachable to a lay reader. The significance of the material covered is further demonstrated by easy to relate to examples, some of which are personal on the author's part--actual, some might be a little too personal. Incidentally, be advised that this book touches on some adult subject subject matter. Nothing too graphic, but more than what one might expect from a book on the neurology of touch and how it impacts cognitive and emotional development.
In summary, Touch is both informative and enjoyable and I recommend it as an entertaining way to expand your knowledge of how you interact with the world around you, physically, mentally, and emotionally.