Surveilance Reports About Self-Touching

Surveilance Reports About Self-Touching “Most Self-Touches Are with the Nondominant Hand,” Nan Zhang, Wei Jia, Peihua Wang, Marco-Felipe King, Pak-To Chan, and Yuguo Li, Scientific Reports, vol. 10, no. 1, 2020, pp. 1-13. (Thanks to Adrian Smith for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, at The University of Hong Kong and The University of […]

Hand cooling from illusion not linked to change in body ownership

Researchers from Utrecht University have an update on temperatures in hands that may, or may not, belong to you. Their paper, “No consistent cooling of the real hand in the rubber hand illusion,” gives an example of the importance of distinguishing body ownership: “Consider a simple task such as walking towards another person –say, this […]

“Illusory Sense of Human Touch From a Warm and Soft Artificial Hand”

This most touching study was published in 2015: “Illusory Sense of Human Touch From a Warm and Soft Artificial Hand,” John-John Cabibihan, Deepak Joshi, Yeshwin Mysore Srinivasa, Mark Aaron Chan, and Arrchana Muruganantham, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, vol. 23, no. 3, 2015, pp. 517-527. The authors, at Qatar University, Graphic Era […]

Hand Sanitizers, Breathalyzers, and Indications of Intoxication

Clean hands, skulduggery and/or incompetence can, if combined, lead to a muddle about drunkenness, suggests this study: “Common Hand Sanitizer May Distort Readings of Breathalyzer Tests in the Absence of Acute Intoxication,” Syed S. Ali, Michael P. Wilson, Edward M. Castillo, Peter Witucki, Todd T. Simmons, Gary M. Vilke [pictured here], Academic Emergency Medicine, vol. 20, […]

Belarus takes steps against discrimination

The nation of Belarus has taken big very public, perhaps symbolic gestures against discrimination. In Belarus, one infers, all persons are considered equally capable of performing important tasks. The Christian Science Monitor reports: In Belarus, one-armed man arrested for clapping The crackdown in Belarus grew more indiscriminate this week. Among the 400 arrested: a one-armed […]