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Developmental perspectives on interpersonal affective touch

Crucianelli, Laura and Filippetti, Maria Laura (2018) 'Developmental perspectives on interpersonal affective touch.' Topoi. ISSN 0167-7411

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Abstract

In the last decade, philosophy, neuroscience and psychology alike have paid increasing attention to the study of interpersonal affective touch, which refers to the emotional and motivational facets of tactile sensation. Some aspects of affective touch have been linked to a neurophysiologically specialised system, namely the C tactile (CT) system. While the role of this sys-tem for affiliation, social bonding and communication of emotions have been widely investigated, only recently researchers have started to focus on the potential role of interpersonal affective touch in acquiring awareness of the body as our own, i.e. as belonging to our psychological ‘self’. We review and discuss recent developmental and adult findings, pointing to the central role of interpersonal affective touch in body awareness and social cognition in health and disorders. We propose that interpersonal affective touch, as an interoceptive modality invested of a social nature, can uniquely contribute to the ongoing debate in philosophy about the primacy of the relational nature of the minimal self.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: touch, infant development, affective touch
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 23 May 2018 12:52
Last Modified: 23 May 2018 13:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22006

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