JHU Scientist David Linden Discusses “Touch” at the Ivy, Tomorrow

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Johns Hopkins neuroscientist and bestselling author of  The Compass of Pleasure, David. J. Linden presents tomorrow night, Wednesday, February 11 at 7 p.m. at the Ivy Bookshop his latest book Touch, an engaging and fascinating look at the interface between our sense of touch and our emotional responses. Linden has appeared in The Atlantic, Wired, Scientific American, Fresh Air, Natural History Magazine, Vox, and the Washington Post to discuss his book. Bohemian Rhapsody Columnist Marion Winik will introduce Linden at the event tomorrow night, and will interview Linden for a feature in the Baltimore Fishbowl coming soon.

From skin to nerves to brain, the organization of the body’s touch circuits powerfully influences our lives — affecting everything from consumer choice to sexual intercourse, tool use to the origins of language, chronic pain to healing. Interpersonal touch is crucial to social bonding and individual development. Linden lucidly explains how sensory and emotional context work together to distinguish between perceptions of what feels good and what feels bad. Linking biology and behavioral science, Linden offers an entertaining and enlightening answer to how we feel in every sense of the word.

The Ivy Bookshop is located at 6080 Falls Road. For more information visit The Ivy Bookshop website.

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