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