Touchby Tiffany Field
Although the therapeutic benefits of touch have become increasingly clear, American society, claims Tiffany Field, is dangerously touch-deprived. Many schools have "no touch" policies; the isolating effects of Internet-driven work and life can leave us hungry for tactile experience. In this book Field explains why we may need a daily dose of touch. The first… See more details below
Although the therapeutic benefits of touch have become increasingly clear, American society, claims Tiffany Field, is dangerously touch-deprived. Many schools have "no touch" policies; the isolating effects of Internet-driven work and life can leave us hungry for tactile experience. In this book Field explains why we may need a daily dose of touch. The first sensory input in life comes from the sense of touch while a baby is still in the womb, and touch continues to be the primary means of learning about the world throughout infancy and well into childhood. Touch is critical, too, for adults' physical and mental health. Field describes studies showing that touch therapy can benefit everyone, from premature infants to children with asthma to patients with conditions that range from cancer to eating disorders.
This second edition of Touch, revised and updated with the latest research, reports on new studies that show the role of touch in early development, in communication (including the reading of others' emotions), in personal relationships, and even in sports. It describes the physiological and biological effects of touch, including areas of the brain affected by touch, and the effects of massage therapy on prematurity, attentiveness, depression, pain, and immune functions. Touch has been shown to have positive effects on growth, brain waves, breathing, and heart rate,and to decrease stress and anxiety. As Field makes clear, we enforce our society's touch taboo at our peril.
- MIT Press
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- second edition
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- 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
What People are saying about this
"Through two decades of work, Tiffany Field has given the recently considered themes of touch research and application much of their tone. Her tightly crafted, well-written, and timely book summarizes efficiently and interestingly the vast array of facts on touch from the cross-species, cross-cultural, laboratory-research, developmental, and clinical/therapeutic literatures. Touch is a must read for scientists and practitioners, parents and teachers, and all those interested in insuring that humans thrive in their developmental course."Jacob L. Gewirtz,Director, Child Development Laboratory, Director, Behavior Analysis Program, and Professor ofPsychology, Florida International University
"The healing powers of touch have been observed for centuries. Touch is the first scientific treatise on the topic. Field blends together historical, biological, and psychological perspectives on touch and provides valuable insights for the promotion of health and well-being."Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor, Child Development andEducation, Teacher's College, Columbia University
"The study of the five senses has largely focused on sight and hearing. ProfessorField's work forces us to consider the overwhelming importance of touch to normal human development,especially in the realm of emotions. Touch stands as a major contribution to the understanding of human needs."Michael Lewis, University Distinguished Professor, Institute for the Study of ChildDevelopment, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and author of Altering Fate: Why the Past Does NotPredict the Future
"What a great addition to our understanding of the biology of touch."MarshallKlaus, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco, author of Your AmazingNewborn and Mothering the Mother
"In the hands of Tiffany Field, touch, the 'mother of the senses' finds her muse. An engagingly written book coursing from the physiology lab to 'new-age' therapy, Touch never fails to stimulate."Lewis Leavitt, Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Director, Waisman Center on HumanDevelopment and Mental Retardation, University of WisconsinMadison
"Tiffany Field makes it clear how much each of us has missed about the personal,scientific, and policy implications of touch. Touch, the most universal, comforting, and caring of the senses remains unstudied and unused as a way of healing and bringing people together. Field's book is essential reading for every healerfrom physician to social worker to daycare teacher, to every policy maker with concerns about violence and drugs, and to everyone of us who want to love someone and express that love."Edward Z. Tronick, Ph.D., Director of the Child Development Unit,Children's Hospital, and Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Touch is a must read for scientists and practitioners, parents and teachers, and all those interested in insuring that humans thrive in their developmental course.
Touch is the first scientific treatise on the topic. Field blends together historical, biological, and psychological perspectives on touch and provides valuable insights for the promotion of health and well-being.
Meet the Author
Tiffany Field is Director of the Touch Research Institute and a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Psychology, and Psychiatry at the University of Miami School of Medicine.
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