Yagmur Idil Ozdemir, January 8 2021

Have you been experiencing stress that sometimes doesn’t seem to just go away? Do you worry that this could transform into a persistent health issue? We hope that you did not answer yes to these questions, but if you did, you are not alone. Changing lifestyles, work-environments and global changes in recent times, with one particular change that we keep hearing and talking about in every other medium, have led to an increasing number of people experiencing psychological issues such as excessive stress, alongside with clinical conditions such as anxiety, depression. …

Yagmur Idil Ozdemir, November 13 2020

The link between oxytocin, CT afferent fibers and our wellbeing

Oxytocin is a hormone that has wide-reaching importance in regulating our social well-being and mental wellness. Oxytocin is a type of neuropeptide, which is a signalling molecule in our nervous system. Oxytocin is released to several regions that are important in the regulation of social well-being and emotions (Uvnäs-Moberg et al., 2015).

Oxytocin is released from the paraventricular nucleus and supraoptic nuclei within the hypothalamus of the brain. …

Yagmur Idil Ozdemir, October 30 2020

CT-fiber and its implications in our well-being

The 4 groups of low-threshold mechanoreceptors that we covered in our previous blog are highly studied, but they are not the only types of mechanoreceptors worth exploring.

The discrete C-afferent tactile fibers, or CT-fibers for short, innervate a heterogeneous group of mechanoreceptors that are found on both hairy and non-hairy (glabrous) skin, and they are essential for our sense of well-being ( McGlone et al., 2014; Vallbo et al., 1999).

Research shows that CT-fibers are crucial for the pleasantness we often associate with touch. These unmyelinated fibers have slower conduction speed and lower temporal…

Yagmur Idil Ozdemir, October 23 2020

How does it work?

The sense of touch that our skin allows is so innate and essential to our identity, but how much do we know about our skin and how it allows us to feel touch?

Follow this series of posts on touch to learn more.

figure from paper https//doi.org/10.1002/admt.201900042
figure from paper https//doi.org/10.1002/admt.201900042

We can think of our skin as our interface with the world; it gives us shape, it defines who we are and it allows us to feel and interact with the outside world.

Of all our senses, our sense of touch has the largest surface area, and unsurprisingly, our tactile perception…

Olivier de Simone, September 1st 2020

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Today I’m really excited to announce my next venture, Sensae — a mental wellness company offering personalised tactile stimulation to automatically monitor and manage both stress and anxiety.

There are not many issues that impact society so negatively as Stress and Anxiety. In fact one in five people in the Western world is suffering from issues related to mental health and wellbeing. Stress and anxiety are becoming increasing contributors to both mental and physical health issues. Strangely, as a society, we still focus on physical health, but rarely speak openly about mental health. It…

Yagmur Idil Ozdemir, November 6 2020

Our touch carries messages to other people

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Findings that extend from neuroscience to developmental psychology support show that touch has regulatory effects in our social well-being, and the CT fibers we covered before are the most likely conductor of this effect.

The importance of touch in our social connections is well established and has been studied by numerous researchers within psychology and neuroscience. In developmental psychology, attachment theory states that the essential social form bonding between infant and the mother is mediated through touch sensations between the two (Ainsworth, 1989; Bartholomew, 1993). and that this touch has long-lasting calming and socially…

Personalised haptic biofeedback for mental health

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