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In recent years the C-Tactile afferent has been studied in humans. This afferent nerve fibre is posited to signal the rewarding qualities of social tactile interactions. Physiologically CTs respond to a slow dynamic stroking touch on the skin similar to a gentle caress.
For my PhD, I studied the individual differences in sociability and their impact on the physiological and behavioural responses to this social touch.
Currently whilst writing up the studies from my PhD I am working with Dr India Morrison at Linköping University on projects surrounding auditory-tactile sensations (often referred to as ASMR) and how these may relate to social behaviour.
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