Touch’s Social Significance Could Be Explained by Unique Nerve Fibers

Lydia Denworth, ‘Touch’s Social Significance Could Be Explained by Unique Nerve Fibers’, http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/touch-s-social-significance-could-be-explained-by-unique-nerve-fibers/ Scientific American (July 1, 2015).

Nurturing relationships

Touch has long been understood to be important in nurturing relationships—so much so that babies who were raised in orphanages without it often died. Those first moments with my children, followed by years of cuddles and hugs, no doubt contributed mightily to the deep bonds between us.