Understanding others through observed touch: neural correlates, developmental aspects, and psychopathology

Leehe Peled-Avron, Joshua D. Woolley

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Touch is an essential and powerful part of social interactions in humans. It is used to convey feelings and thoughts and aids in forming and maintaining social bonds throughout life. When we view others giving or receiving social touch, we automatically convert the sight of touch between others into an internal representation of touch and thus recognize, to some extent, what the other person is feeling. Nevertheless, the mechanisms through which this process occurs are just beginning to be elucidated. Here, we review the neural correlates that underpin observed touch perception, we discuss deficits in this ability in several psychopathologies and we review developmental studies that tackle this ability in the very early stages of infancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-158
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
StatePublished - Feb 2022
Externally publishedYes

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L.PA is supported by the Israel Science Foundation fellowship (grant No. 147/20 ) and by the Zuckerman-Council for higher education ( CHE ) STEM Leadership Program fellowship.

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Zuckerman-Council for higher education
Division of Chemistry
Israel Science Foundation147/20


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