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Touch and Pain Perception in Infants

Tiffany Field and Maria Hernandez-Reif

in Evolution, Early Experience and Human Development

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199755059
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979479 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755059.003.0015
Touch and Pain Perception in Infants

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Research is reviewed on early touch perception (temperature, texture, and weight perception) and infants’ behavioral and physiological responses to pain, as well as effective touch interventions including nonnutritive sucking, kangaroo care, and massage therapy. The limited literature on affectionate touch and touch deprivation is also reviewed. Potential underlying mechanisms for touch effects and future research directions are proposed.

Keywords: touch; pain perception; infants

Chapter.  5925 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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