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Scientific Symposium on the effects of touch on health

The Role of Social Touch for Mental Health

Social touch is one key element of social interaction with measurable beneficial effects on physical and mental health.

On Thursday 29th and Friday 30th of September 2022 an interdisciplinary Scientific Symposium will be held to present and discuss the current state of research on the effects of touch– bringing together international experts from basic neuroscience and clinical psychology.

Venue: Institute for Medical Psychology, Bergheimer Str. 20, Heidelberg (How to get there)

If you aim to participate, please contact:

Monika Eckstein

monika.eckstein(at)med.uni-heidelberg.de, +49.6221-567871

Program

Thursday

     

09:30

Welcome coffee & information

   
 

Monika Eckstein

   

10:30

Brain and body: Neurobiological mechanisms underlying touch and its effects

 

Rebecca Böhme

Linköping

Tactile communication of emotions

 

Julian Packheiser

Netherlands

The neural basis of hugs and their association with physical and mental well-being

 

Uta Sailer

Oslo

Touch with an empty stomach

 

Michiel Spape

Helsinki

Attouchment: Learning trust and betrayal through associating reinforcement-contingent touch with individuals

12:30

Lunch

   

14:00

Touch for a small one: a perspective on children and parents

 

Ilona Croy

Jena

The role of C-tactile nerve fibers in human social development

 

Isabelle Püschel

Jena

Gentle as a mother’s touch: C-tactile touch promotes autonomic regulation in preterm infants

 

Monika Eckstein

Heidelberg

Affectionate touch in postpartum bonding disorders

 

Linda Stürmlinger

Heidelberg

Physical affection and tenderness in the mother-infant and parental couple relationship in the transition to parenthood: Preliminary results of a German sample in times of the Covid-19 pandemic (SWAN-Study)

16:00

Coffee break

   

16:30

A range of methods: of lab rats, robots and touch in everyday life

 

Eduard Mayer

ZI Mannheim

Central mechanisms of social touch: focus on oxytocin

 

Ekaterina Schneider

Heidelberg

Stress alleviating effects of daily touch on hormonal biomarkers and subjective measures of well being

 

Ilshat Mamaev

KIT Karlsruhe

Towards natural human-robot interaction

 

Reinoud Kaldewaij

Linköping

Exploring the backbone of the self: A feasibility study of differential spinal cord activity during self-other-object touch

       

19:00

Dinner at Sudpfanne (Hauptstr. 221, Heidelberg)

 
     

Friday

     

09:30

In sickness and for health: social touch in clinical samples and interventions

 

Beate Ditzen

Heidelberg

Partner touch, oxytocin and woundhealing

 

Robin Bekrater-Bodman

ZI Mannheim

Pleasant touch perception in borderline personality disorder and its relationship with disturbed body representation

 

Dirk Scheele

Bochum

Altered social touch processing in patients with major depression and borderline personality disorder

 

Sewar Khateeb

Haifa

The synergistic effect of the therapist's support and sensory stimulation on the pain and mental health of older adults living in nursing homes

11:30

Coffee break

   

12:00

Networking

 

Tour of research facilities https://cnsr.uni-heidelberg.de/ (Psychological Institute, Hauptstr.47, Heidelberg)

13:30

Farewell or informal social events

 

Lunch and tour of Heidelberg

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