Human touch

The hormone Oxytocin is released through physical touch, including stroking, cuddling, hugging, kissing, or having sex[2]. Oxytocin can reduce inflammation[8], speed up wound healing[9][10], increase the pain threshold[3]. It increases trust between people[4][5][6][7]. It’s good for the heart[13]. It improves digestion[12][14]. It can help to prevent and treat depression[11]. Human touch can motivate[15]. Caresses from loved ones may contribute to developing and maintaining a positive sense of self[1].

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      • [1] Crucianelli L, Metcalf NK, Fotopoulou AK, & Jenkinson PM (2013). Bodily pleasure matters: velocity of touch modulates body ownership during the rubber hand illusion. Front Psychol, 4 PMID: 24115938 View
      • [2] Pincott, J. (2008). Do gentlemen really prefer blondes?: Bodies, behavior and brains- The science behind sex, love & attraction. New York, NY: Random House, Inc.
      • [3] Uvnäs-Moberg K, Bruzelius G, Alster P, Bileviciute I, Lundeberg T. Oxytocin increases and a specific oxytocin antagonist decreases pain threshold in male rats. Acta Physiol Scand 1992; 144: 487–8
      • [4] Zak PJ, Kurzban R, Matzner WT (Dec 2004). "The neurobiology of trust". Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1032 (1): 224–7. doi:10.1196/annals.1314.025. PMID 15677415.
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      • [6] Lane A, Luminet O, Rimé B, Gross JJ, de Timary P, Mikolajczak M (2013). "Oxytocin increases willingness to socially share one's emotions". International Journal of Psychology 48 (4): 676–81. doi:10.1080/00207594.2012.677540. PMID 22554106.
      • [7] Cardoso C, Ellenbogen MA, Serravalle L, Linnen AM (Nov 2013). "Stress-induced negative mood moderates the relation between oxytocin administration and trust: evidence for the tend-and-befriend response to stress?". Psychoneuroendocrinology 38 (11): 2800–4. doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2013.05.006. PMID 23768973.
      • [8] Pace TWW, Negi LT, Adame DD, et al. Effect of Compassion Meditation on Neuroendocrine, Innate Immune and Behavioral Responses to Psychosocial Stress. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2009;34(1):87-98. doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2008.08.011. View
      • [9] Gouin J-P, Kiecolt-Glaser JK. The Impact of Psychological Stress on Wound Healing: Methods and Mechanisms. Immunology and allergy clinics of North America. 2011;31(1):81-93. doi:10.1016/j.iac.2010.09.010. View
      • [10] Poutahidis T, Kearney SM, Levkovich T, Qi P, Varian BJ, Lakritz JR, et al. (2013) Microbial Symbionts Accelerate Wound Healing via the Neuropeptide Hormone Oxytocin. PLoS ONE 8(10): e78898. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0078898 View
      • [11] MacDonald K., MacDonald T. M., Brune M., Lamb K., Wilson M. P., Golshan S., et al. (2013). Oxytocin and psychotherapy: a pilot study of its physiological, behavioral and subjective effects in males with depression. Psychoneuroendocrinology 38 2831–2843 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2013.05.014 View
      • [12] Ohlsson B, Janciauskiene S. New Insights into the Understanding of Gastrointestinal Dysmotility. Drug Target Insights. 2007;2:229-237.
      • [13] GUTKOWSKA, J.; JANKOWSKI, M.; MUKADDAM-DAHER, S. and MCCANN, S.M.. Oxytocin is a cardiovascular hormone. Braz J Med Biol Res [online]. 2000, vol.33, n.6, pp. 625-633. ISSN 1414-431X. View
      • [14] G. Alfvén, “Plasma oxytocin in children with recurrent abdominal pain,” Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 513–517, 2004.
      • [15] Guéguen, N. 2004. Nonverbal encouragement of participation in a course: the effect of touching. Soc. Psychol. Educ. 7: 89–98. doi:10.1023/B:SPOE.0000010691.30834.14 View
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