Neuroscience Explains Why We’re “Hungry for Skin” and Need Hugs

Science has shown that for social mammals contact is as important as sunlight, so social detachment is causing physical impacts of varying scopes.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The more one discovers about the brain, the more one notices the significance of contact in our cognitive, emotional, physiological, and social development. From the womb to adulthood, many animals, particularly humans, need physical contact with their peers, so much so that the nervous system reflects this in its structure.

"According to the Mind Theory, a large region of the human brain (and of some primates) is called the social brain: we have mirror neurons that are activated when we are in contact with others; that is, confinement is an excellent measure against pandemics, it has . . .

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