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Jul 17, 2023

Author and psychologist Michael Banissy offers insight on the new science of human touch, and the impact it has on our physical and mental health, relationships, and more.



  • How the pandemic and going on lockdown was the inspiration for his book
  • How a self-hug during a stressful scenario can be just as beneficial as a hug from somebody else
  • What happens when we don’t receive enough touch and ways that we can access it
  • Why different people may need different levels of touch


Michael’s book recommendation, The Practice of Groundedness by Brad Stulberg



Michael is an award-winning Professor of Psychological Science at the University of Bristol (where he is also Head of Psychology). He is an author and science communicator who regularly participates in public events, podcasts, radio, and television. Michael has also been recognized for his engagement with the public and industry. He is a member of the Royal Society Industry Fellows College. He also regularly works with organizations to apply psychological science in the workplace in areas such as creativity and innovation, empathy, teamwork, and social connection.


Book, Touch Matters: Handshakes, Hugs, and the New Science on How Touch Can Enhance Your Well-Being


Instagram,  @mbanissy 

Twitter, @mbanissy



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