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Monday, August 14, 2017

3 Ted Talks About the Power of Touch

Published on Apr 19, 2016
Throughout your day today, how often and for how long have you been touched by someone? How often have you touched someone else? Massage therapist Jane Anderson explores the powerful effects that touch can have on our lives.

Jane Anderson is a professional, multi-disciplined massage therapist for chronic pain relief and medically complex clients. Jane has founded multiple massage therapy schools and taught learning outcomes on par with the highest national level. Her work has affected the lives of all kinds of clients, including end of life and post surgical patients, athletes, animals, and children.

Published on Apr 8, 2016
In this talk, David Linden explores the science and complexities of touch on human health.

David J. Linden, Ph.D., is a Professor of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His laboratory has worked for many years on the cellular substrates of memory storage, and recovery of function after brain injury, among other topics. He has a longstanding interest in scientific communication, and served for many years as the Chief Editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology. He is the author of three best-selling books on the biology of behavior for a general audience, The Accidental Mind (2007) and The Compass of Pleasure (2011) which, to date, have been translated into 19 languages. His most recent book, Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind (2015) was recently published by Viking Press (USA/Canada).

Published on Dec 30, 2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. As children we need touch to be able to handle stress and develop normally. Loneliness happens to be one of the greatest life hazards of our times and touching is a key element in connecting with people and forming relationships. Touch seems to benefit us in so many ways.

Helena Backlund Wasling and her team or researchers has mapped how a soft touch activates the parts of the brain that controls our emotions. 

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