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Touch: The Science of the Hand, Heart, and Mind by [David J. Linden]
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Length: 262 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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“[Linden is] an able guide to the world of touch, with a true gift for simplifying the complex…. Touch may not have the same glamour as sight or taste, but, Linden argues, it’s “a crucial form of social glue” and “a central aspect of our human experience.” Touch the book, will make you think more deeply about every itch, scrape and caress.”
The Washington Post
 
Touch is a treasure trove for anyone wanting to decode the frisson of a lover’s caress.”
Playboy
 
“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.”
The Scientist
 
“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.”
Kirkus Reviews
 
“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.
—Booklist

“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.”
Publishers Weekly

About the Author

DAVID J. LINDEN is a professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the New York Times bestselling author of The Compass of Pleasure and The Accidental Mind. He lives in Baltimore with his two children. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • 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
  • Customer Reviews:
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3.0 out of 5 stars A really enjoyable and informative read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great book
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2.0 out of 5 stars Survey of various factoids and anecdotes
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