Scientists have proof that when someone we love touches us,we can feel it in a special way. A tender caress stimulatesa different part of the nervous system than the everydaysensation of touch.
Scientists have finally been able to prove this by testing a54-year-old Swedish woman who has no normal sense of touch.An illness at age 31 left her main touch nerves unable tofunction. For instance, when something is dragged across herskin, she can’t tell which direction it’s moving.
But she still has full use of the touch fibers known as CTnerves, so when her arm was stroked lightly with a softpaintbrush, mimicking a lover’s touch, she could feel aslight, pleasant sensation.