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Author Subramanian, Sushma, author.

Title How to feel : the science and meaning of touch / Sushma Subramanian
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2021]


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 248 pages)
Contents Introduction -- 1. Dull: How Our Cultures Lost Touch -- 2. Numb: Life Without Touch -- 3. Mushy: When Sensation Crosses Into Emotion -- 4. Untethered: Will the Body Become Obsolete? -- 5. Softening: Overcoming Touch Aversion -- 6. Boundaries: Knowing Good Touch from Bad -- 7. Slick: How Companies Sell Us Touch -- 8. Haptics: Bringing Touch to Our Technology -- 9. Tactful: Building Machines That Can Touch Us Back -- Conclusion -- Notes
Summary "We are out of touch. Many people fear that we are trapped inside our screens, becoming less in tune with our bodies and losing our connection to the physical world. But the sense of touch has been undervalued since long before the days of digital isolation. Because of deeply rooted beliefs that favor the cerebral over the corporeal, touch is maligned as dirty or sentimental, in contrast with supposedly more elevated modes of perceiving the world. How to Feel explores the scientific, physical, emotional, and cultural aspects of touch, reconnecting us to what is arguably our most important sense. Sushma Subramanian introduces readers to the scientists whose groundbreaking research is underscoring the role of touch in our lives. Through vivid individual stories-a man who lost his sense of touch in his early twenties, a woman who experiences touch-emotion synesthesia, her own efforts to become less touch averse-Subramanian explains the science of the somatosensory system. She visits labs that are shaping the textures of objects we use every day, from cereal to synthetic fabrics. The book highlights the growing field of haptics, which is trying to incorporate tactile interactions into devices such as phones that touch us back and prosthetic limbs that can feel"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on March 02, 2021)
Subject Touch.
PSYCHOLOGY / Emotions.
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Human Anatomy & Physiology
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020019035
ISBN 9780231553056