Book by Hopkins neuroscientist explains science of pain, tickling, pleasure

Reach into your pocket and grab a handful of coins. Now close your eyes; without looking, can you tell the denomination of each coin? You probably can, thanks to specialized touch sensors on your fingertips and the messages that those sensors send to your brain. The interaction between our senses and our brains is an endlessly fascinating subject. David Linden, a professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, agrees. In his book “Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind,” released earlier this year, Linden explores and explains the role of touch in our lives and in our emotions. Linden, a Poplar Hill resident who has been at Hopkins for 24 years and works on recovery of function after brain injury, said he was motivated to…


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