Touch and pain perception in the newborn

T. Field, M. Hernandez-Reif

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Research is reviewed on early touch perception including texture, weight, shape, and temperature perception as well as the perception of pain by newborns. Studies are also reviewed on preterm and full-term newborns’ behavioral and physiological responses to pain as well as effective touch interventions for pain including kangaroo care and massage therapy and potential underlying mechanisms for the relationships between touch and pain reduction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Curated Reference Collection in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
PublisherElsevier Science Ltd.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780128093245
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Heelsticks
  • Kangaroo care
  • Massage therapy
  • Pain perception
  • Shape perception
  • Temperature perception
  • Texture perception
  • Touch perception
  • Weight perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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