The Somatic Connection  |   January 2018
It Makes a Difference What You Are Thinking When You Touch Someone Clinically
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  • University of California, San Diego School of Medicine 
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The Somatic Connection   |   January 2018
It Makes a Difference What You Are Thinking When You Touch Someone Clinically
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 2018, Vol. 118, 50-51. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.009
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 2018, Vol. 118, 50-51. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.009
Cerritelli F, Chiacchiaretta P, Gambi F, Ferretti A. Effect of continuous touch on brain functional connectivity is modified by the operator's tactile attention. Front Hum Neurosci. 2017;11:368. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2017.00368 
Osteopathic and neuroscience researchers at the University of Chieti-Pescara in Italy investigated brain activity in healthy participants undergoing 5-minute brain functional magnetic resonance (MR) imaging while an operator gently contacted the ankle area. During contact, the operator focused on either the tactile perception from his hands (operator tactile attention group) or on repeated auditory stimuli (beeps) while wearing headphones (operator auditory attention group). 
This randomized controlled single-blind study recruited 40 healthy right-handed participants, both male and female, between the ages of 18 and 30 years. Exclusion criteria included pharmacologic treatment during the previous 4 weeks; cardiovascular, neurologic, musculoskeletal, psychiatric, genetic, and congenital disorders; and contraindication to MR imaging. Persons who smoked or used drugs were also excluded. Demographic and Trait-State Anxiety Inventory data were collected. 

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