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  1. science of us
    A Case for Giving Brief, Imperfect MassagesThey’re good for pain, stress, anxiety, insomnia, sadness, loneliness, despair…
  2. family separation policy
    The Lasting Damage of Depriving a Child of Human TouchAt detention centers along the border, workers are forbidden from hugging or physically soothing traumatized children.
  3. sex dolls
    Turns Out a Sex-Doll-Rental Service Isn’t a Good Idea After AllA Chinese sex-doll-rental service was recently banned for being a “bad influence on society” — but what about the GERMS?
  4. These Are the People Most Likely to Get the Chills From Sad MusicIt’s called “frisson,” or “skin orgasms.”
  5. The People Who Store Their Emotions in Their FingertipsWith tactile-emotional synesthesia, just touching fabric is enough to trigger extreme sadness or disgust.
  6. the senses
    Touch May Be the Least Understood SenseVision and hearing get all the attention. 
  7. touching story
    Visiting the Snuggery, Where You Get Cuddled for Cash“People come when they’re going through a divorce or breakup,” the owner says.