Touch and Pain Perception in Infants

Tiffany M Field, Maria Hernandez-Reif

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Scopus citations


Research is reviewed on early touch perception (temperature, texture, and weight perception) and infants' behavioral and physiological responses to pain, as well as effective touch interventions including nonnutritive sucking, kangaroo care, and massage therapy. The limited literature on affectionate touch and touch deprivation is also reviewed. Potential underlying mechanisms for touch effects and future research directions are proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvolution, Early Experience and Human Development: From Research to Practice and Policy
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199979479, 9780199755059
StatePublished - Jan 24 2013


  • Infants
  • Pain perception
  • Touch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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