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Sunday, July 11, 2010
We're Still Learning About the Human Touch
Last week, Kathleen Parker wrote a column The Washington Post headlined "What's behind the human touch?" If you've read this blog for a while, you already know that Jack is a big believer in the healing qualities of touch. While Parker's article doesn't delve into touch's healing aspects, it does ponder some other "weighty" issues:
Sometimes it takes a scientific study to reveal the obvious. The latest discovery -- that touch influences how we perceive things -- is something like the warning on a steaming cup of coffee.Parker then muses on the tactile experience of reading and considers why reading on a computer is less satisfying.
Holding a book compares to nothing short of a baby's contact with his favorite blankie. Consistent with Ackerman's findings, a hardback is superior to a paperback precisely because it is more solid, weightier and, therefore, more permanent, more important, better.
Florida's Touch Research Institute:
was the first center in the world devoted solely to the study of touch and its application in science and medicine. The TRI distinguished team of researchers, representing Duke, Harvard, Maryland, and other universities, strive to better define touch as it promotes health and contributes to the treatment of disease. Research efforts that began in 1982 and continue today have shown that touch therapy has numerous beneficial effects on health and well-being.
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