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Touch underpins our social world and, evidence suggests, it may even help to reduce anxiety and provide pain relief. But can touch shape the actual organisation of our brains? Research is now revealing that experiences with touch – especially in infancy – do indeed shape brain development.

Read the full article on The Conversation website, written by Dr Harriet Dempsey-Jones, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences. 

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