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The Science of the Sense that Makes Us Human

By David J. Linden

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Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 11 February 2016
Why does holding a hot drink make us like people more?How can a soldier under fire not even notice he's been shot?What makes sex so much fun?Touch is the most important sense we have. Without it, we cannot entirely feel pleasure or pain - we are less than human.In fact, as David Linden demonstrates in the astonishing stories gathered here, touch is central to who we are - from choosing our partners to comforting us on our deathbeds.Exploring the many surprising facts and myths about our sense of touch, Linden reveals how it defines us - and how, by understanding it, we can better know ourselves.

About the Author

David Linden is a professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, USA, and the award-winning author of The Accidental Mind: How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory, Dreams, and God which was a New York Times bestseller. Since 2008 he has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neurophysiology, a role at the centre of the neuroscience research community. He lives in Baltimore.

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Illuminating. Drawing on a wide range of cutting-edge scientific research, Linden provides plenty of insights into how our sense of touch shapes our experience of the world and our idea of self * Sunday Times * This book is excellent. It tells you why footballers hug each other when a goal is scored, and why there are vampire bats. Linden is very good and clear on the raw neurology * Spectator * Absorbing. The bizarre vagaries of touch affect us all, [and] all this is backed up with a good deal of hard neuroscience. Following Linden's thread is worth it * The Times * Most of us take the tactile senses for granted. You won't after reading this book. The best science writers infect you with their fascination for the subject - that's exactly what Linden achieves here * BBC Focus * A treasure trove for anyone wanting to decode the frisson of a lover's caress * Playboy * Will make you think more deeply about every itch, scrape and caress * Washington Post * Fascinating. This book has changed my life -- Salley Vickers * Observer * A touching story? A tactless comment? So elemental is the sense of touch that it permeates metaphors we live by. Linden explores the 'weird, complex, and often counter-intuitive' tactile system and its intimate impact on the human experience * Nature *

EAN: 9780241184066
ISBN: 0241184061
Publisher: Viking
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.7 centimetres (0.18 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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