This book is excellent in its coverage of neurobiological underpinnings through perception, measurement, and communication...a great resource for researchers and clinicians. Score: 94 - 4 Stars. --Doody's Medical Reviews This is an expertly constructed volume, due mainly to an expert composition of authors for the individual chapters. Every chapter is like opening a door to a different laboratory, each examining a unique corner of the tactile research universe.--PsycCRITIQUES Touch has received increased attention over the last few decades, with growing recognition of its profound import to all facets of life. The Handbook of Touch is the first authoritative, state-of-the-art resource for scientists, scholars, and students interested in the neurobehavioral foundations of touch and its many applications. This text provides an in-depth overview of the conceptual and empirical scope of the field. Chapters are written by a cadre of internationally kwn experts on touch, representing an expansive breadth of kwledge from behavioral, health, and neuroscience disciplines. Key Features: Integrates kwledge regarding the neurobiology of touch, covering the spectrum from skin physiology and somatosensory pathways to touch-related genes and proteins Synthesizes research about the neural processing and perception of touch Describes diverse methods for measuring touch behavior and human response to touch Discusses the role of touch in social communication, along with the influence of context and culture Presents cutting edge research that links touch to brain organization and plasticity, human development, and varied dimensions of health
Matthew J. Hertenstein, PhD is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of The Touch and Emotion Lab at DePauw University. Work conducted in his lab been featured nationally and internationally via a number of media outlets including NBC's Today Show, BBC Radio, The Economist, The Independent, ABC News, Parenting, the Canadian Broadcast Company, NPR, and the New York Times.||Sandra J. Weiss, PhD, DNSc is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Systems and the Robert C. & Delphine Wentland Eschbach Endowed Chair at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Weiss has studied the phenomenon of touch as a primary area of research for 30 years. Her work on touch has been covered by CNN, CBS and ABC as part of programs on 'The Senses', 'Discoveries in Medical Science', and 'Medical Advances.'