In short: Brushing/combing your hair / stroking skin at approximately 3 cm/second feels good. In a related study – a thesis I’m reading – WATCHING other people get their skin stroked/hair brushed does NOT evoke a vicarious/empathetic response by either people (adults or children) who are on the autistic spectrum nor in non-spectrum children between 7-12 years old. I’d be interested in finding out if there is a vicarious/empathetic response to watching cats or dogs being petted. I bet there is. That thesis: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9599/3/2018HaggartyPHD.pdf https://www.nature.com/articles/nn.2312

In short: Brushing/combing your hair / stroking skin at approximately 3 cm/second feels good.
 
In a related study – a thesis I’m reading – WATCHING other people get their skin stroked/hair brushed does NOT evoke a vicarious/empathetic response by either people (adults or children) who are on the autistic spectrum nor in non-spectrum children between 7-12 years old.
 
I’d be interested in finding out if there is a vicarious/empathetic response to watching cats or dogs being petted. I bet there is.
That thesis: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9599/3/2018HaggartyPHD.pdf
 
https://www.nature.com/articles/nn.2312

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