Experiencing the Self through Touch: Self-Other-Distinction in Neurotypical
and Neurodiverse Populations
Social touch is considered to be especially interwoven with the self in a social context: the first experiences of bodily self-boundaries and of the presence of others arise in early life through both self-touch and caressing touch by the caregivers. Throughout our lifetime, social touch plays a foundational role for both our bodily self and our interaction with others. In this talk, I will address the neurobiological basis of touch processing, explain the developmental and psychological role of social touch, and discuss the consequences of altered touch processing and lack of touch.