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Bring Up Touch—How do we perceive tactile stimuli

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We understand that we cannot live our lives without drinking or eating for extended periods. However, we often disregard the importance of touching and its impact on our well-being. For instance, the lack of social touch (e.g. hugs) has led in some cases to the death of several young children. We now understand that touching is necessary for proper brain development. Furthermore, in recent years, we also found that social touch allows for the release of many growth hormones and the stimulation of the immune system. In addition, there seem to be even more roles relating to touch and, more precisely, tickles. One theory proposes that tickles have evolutionary purposes. It claims that it encourages younglings to wrestle while protecting vital parts. What more will we learn about touch? Let’s find out.

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Bring Up State of Panic – What makes us completely lose it

Desperate times call for desperate measures seems the best-suited motto to describe the general state of panic experienced last spring by some of us. The 2020 pandemic appeared from, what seemed at the time, thin air. We were unequipped and unprepared to face what has been a worldwide affliction that has managed to paralyze our lives and our economy. Faced with uncertainty and doubts about the near future, we’ve adopted behaviour that sometimes could have been misconstrued as selfish. Selfishness had virtually nothing to do with it, though. We are wired to, in alert mode, respond first to our needs and then to the needs of others. The only obvious exception to this rule is our close family members, like our children, that seems to have priority over us when an emergency arises. That is why when boarding a plane the flight attendants will inform you to first care for yourself before your own kid if/when an emergency situation occurs. If I picked your curiosity and you want to know more about what’s at play, then you should definitely read this article.

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