3rd IASAT Congress
International Association for the Study of Affective Touch
3rd Annual Meeting
Abstract submission deadline: 31 May 2019
We once again look forward to bringing together researchers from around the world to explore and discuss the biology and psychology of affective touch, and its role in brain development and social behaviour.
Several influential studies have examined the neurobiology, physiology and genetics of affective touch, and highlighted its social and cognitive importance. The aim is to provide a platform for fruitful scientific exchanges in this nascent field, and foster interdisciplinary dialogue between scientists and professionals in education, health and social care. The programme will be built around four larger topics to cover a wide range of relevant research questions related to affective touch. The four main topics are (1) The C story: pain, pleasure and itch; (2) The spinal cord and the peripheral nervous system; (3) Cognitive, affective and social perspectives; (4) New advances in the field of affective touch: methods & applications. The congress will involve a wide variety of options for the speakers, such as data blitz sessions, research presentations, keynote talks, symposia and poster presentations. Furthermore, to create opportunities for causal discussions, a gala dinner will be held on Thursday. We will organize a visit and dinner to the nearby lakeside village of Vadstena, the birthplace of Yngve Zotterman.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Annett Schirmer, Katalin Gothard, Emmanuel Bourinet, David Mahns, Catherine Bushnell, Alex Chesler, Karon MacLean, Victoria Abraira
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