Review of Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind

Of all the books I have read on the sense of touch, the best short introduction is Touch: The science of hand, heart and mind by David Linden. Only published earlier this year, a paperback version will be available at the beginning of 2016. This is clear and comprehensive overview of the role of touch in human lives, it’s relationship to emotion and social relationships and its interaction with the other senses.

The book covers the biology, psychology and sociology of touch in an engaging way full of scientific facts and anecdotal stories about the amazing and fundamental role of this sense. Thomas Fuller said in 1732 that “Seeing’s believing, but feeling’s the truth” and in this book David Linden shares how true this is. Touch is fundamental to our development as children and to our happiness as adults.

The sense of touch pervades everyday speech – sticky situations, coarse language, rubbing up the wrong way and slippery people are just some of the ways in which we relate experience back to the physicality of touch, Why are feelings called feelings and not smellings or lookings? Read this book to find out why touch is so important in your life.


Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind by David Linden

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