Designating an object with the movement of a finger is at the heart of human communication, yet precisely why we point isn't clearly understood. A new paper indicates that it may be related to touch.
The sense of touch is generally measured by a sensor that can translate a pressure upon it into a small electrical signal.
Our sense of touch lets us know how hard or soft something is, how solid or pliable it is to handle. That's an important skill if you want robots to handle things safely.
If one of your hands is anaesthetised, the remaining one will be better at touch perception.
New research involving temporary 'finger amputations’ raises hope for more effective stroke rehabilitation.
President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and Vice President Joseph Biden in 2019.
Library of Congress, photo Alexander Gardner; AP/Nati Harnik
The news is filled with stories about inappropriate touching by politicians. But touch by politicians was long important in the US, and Abraham Lincoln's handshake helped engage and guide the nation.
Do the eyes have it?
Would you rather lose your sense of touch or your vision? Here are the pros and cons of each, according to science.
Sensorium Tests, 2012, 16mm film, 10 minutes.
© Daria Martin, courtesy Maureen Paley, London
Synaesthesia – a rare experience where the senses merge – comes in many different forms.
The unique bond between humans and horses is explored in the film ‘Lean on Pete.’
Humans and horses have developed a unique interspecies language based on physical contact.
New research underscores the importance of positive touch in infancy.
Nearly everyone can't tickle themselves and it's all to do with how our brains see and perceive movement.
Nothing like a story with a happy (nerve) ending.
New breakthrough in how to test proteins linked to touch and movement could have major implications for strokes, diabetes, spinal injuries and much more.
Babyfoot via Michael Kempf/www.shutterstock.com
The world outside the womb is full of new sensations for a newborn. New research is explaining how they navigate it.
Gentle physical contact activates a special type of nerve cell linked to emotion.
A soft and tender caress between two people can trigger a flood of emotions, and now we may have some idea why. Research [published in Neuron](http://www.cell.com/neuron/abstract/S0896-6273(14%2900387-0…