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"Ouch" vs "Oooh": The Science of Touch

Viking Books

Ever notice how one person's back rub is another person's torture? 

We respond to the sense of touch in very different ways. 

The light touch of a loved one pleases; the light touch of a spider can make us scream. 

David Linden, a previous guest and the author of The Compass of Pleasure, explores the systems for registering touch in his book Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind.

He leads us into the dual brain systems--sensory and emotional--that engage with our sense of touch.  

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.