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Affective Touch and the Neurophysiology of CT Afferents

Editors: Olausson, H., Wessberg, J., Morrison, I., McGlone, F. (Eds.)

  • Summarizes the nascent field of research in CT afferents, a nontraditional field of study in contrast to the widely focused research on touch's more tractable discriminative and haptic properties
  • Focuses on the role of CT afferents in relation to coding tactile sensation and affective neuroscience
  • One-of-a-kind multidisciplinary overview on the current research of CT afferents, spanning from the micro level (genes) to the macro level (social interactions)
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About this book

CT afferents are receptors in mammalian hairy skin that fire action potentials when the skin is touched lightly which makes them particularly important in affective touch.  Traditionally neuroscientific research has focused on more discriminative and haptic properties of touch that are mediated by large myelinated afferents and the coding properties and functional organization of unmyelinated CT afferents have been studied much less.  The proposed volume will draw together existing knowledge in this nascent field. Separate sections will address (1) how we can measure affective touch, (2) CT structure and physiology, (3) CT processing, (4) the contribution of CTs to sexual behavior, (5) clinical relevance, (6) commercial relevance, and (7) future research considerations.​

About the authors

Håkan Olausson is a Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology at the Linköping University Hospital and Professor in Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Linköping, Sweden. He acquired his PhD at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and his postdoc training at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He is the author of more than 70 publications in the field of somatosensation, and he is a member of the board of the Swedish Society for Clinical Neurophysiology and the International Association for the Study of Affective Touch.

Johan Wessberg is Professor in Neurophysiology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He obtained his PhD in physiology under the supervision of Prof. Ake Vallbo, with a thesis on human hand motor control and proprioception. He then worked as a Research Associate at the lab of Prof. Miguel Nicolelis at Duke University, USA, pioneering work on brain-machine interfaces in monkeys. Currently, his research focuses on the human sense of touch, neural interfaces, and prosthetic touch. He combines single afferent recording using microneurography, psychophysics, and brain imaging using fMRI, EEG and MEG. 

India Morrison is a senior lecturer at Linköping University, Sweden. Her research interests include the mechanisms of the central nervous system in relation to pain as well as human affective touch. Her area of expertise is concentrated within human brain processing and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
Francis McGlone is Professor in Neuroscience at Liverpool John Moores University and Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool. He obtained his BSc in Neurobiology and PhD in sensory neuroscience from the University of Sussex, and has maintained a research career in many aspects of somatosensation, working in academia and industry. He has over 120 publications spanning single unit properties of somatosensory afferents recorded with microneurography out to cortical mapping of somatosensory stimulation using ultra-high field fMRI. He is a founder member of the International Association for the Study of Affective Touch. 

Reviews

“This is a good book concerning the neurophysiology and psychophysics of somatosensation in animal models and humans. … The role of sensory processing in neuropsychiatric conditions such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorders, and schizophrenia is complete. The cortical mapping using EEG, population recordings with fMRI, and grids is detailed. I recommend this book to neurophysiologists, psychiatrists, and psychophysicists especially. Students and sensory researchers will use this book in their work including human/animal experimentation.” (Joseph J. Grenier, Amazon.com, February, 2017)


Table of contents (24 chapters)

  • Sensual Touch: A Slow Touch System Revealed with Microneurography

    Vallbo, Åke (et al.)

    Pages 1-30

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  • Functional Properties of C-Low Threshold Mechanoreceptors (C-LTMRs) in Nonhuman Mammals

    Pitcher, Mark (et al.)

    Pages 31-48

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  • Cell Biology of Tactile Afferents

    Seal, Rebecca P. (et al.)

    Pages 49-59

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  • Visualization of the Cutaneous Axonal Endings of CLTMs

    Donadio, Vincenzo

    Pages 61-68

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  • The Peripheral Processing of Pleasant Touch in Mice

    Vrontou, Sophia

    Pages 69-83

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eBook 142,79 €
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Hardcover 176,79 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-4939-6416-1
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  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Affective Touch and the Neurophysiology of CT Afferents
Editors
  • Håkan Olausson
  • Johan Wessberg
  • India Morrison
  • Francis McGlone
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4939-6418-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4939-6418-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4939-6416-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 430
Number of Illustrations and Tables
37 b/w illustrations, 56 illustrations in colour
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