Consider some science-backed ways to keep the home fires burning in 2021.
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Psychology studies suggest a variety of ways you can strengthen your bond and increase your satisfaction with your partner.
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The loss of the simple act of hugging has taken a big emotional toll for many people during the pandemic.
In healthy older people, loneliness has a pattern of stress response similar to that of people who are under chronic stress.
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The social isolation older adults are experiencing as they try to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic is raising new mental health risks, but people can take steps to protect themselves.
Touch is central to empathy because the person being touched is also touching back.
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A give-and-take between patient and provider is essential to patient care. As the COVID-19 pandemic ushers in a new era of medicine, one doctor wonders if this connection will be lost.
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Feeling desperate for a hug? You're not alone. Research suggests positive physical touch benefits our mental health.
No smell, no touch: People line up in Prague, Czech Republic, to get tested for the coronavirus.
All of the senses have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, not because the senses have changed, but because the world has, writes a sensory historian.
We touch, therefore we know.
With dreaded, invisible germs lurking on surfaces and in people, our surroundings are seen as a minefield – and we end up dulling one of our most valuable senses.
No more hugs?
Touch is essential to wellbeing, so we must make an effort not to associate it with negative feelings once the corona outbreak is over.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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…