Thursday , August 16 2018

The woman who laughs uncontrollably when others get tickled

A woman laughing

Imagine feeling someone else’s tickles (stock photo)

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A woman with a type of synaesthesia experiences huge bouts of laughter when she sees other people being tickled. Researchers studying the phenomenon say her condition hints at how we all feel empathy.

Known as “TC”, this woman has mirror-touch synaesthesia, a condition that makes people feel sensations on their own body when they watch other people touching things. This is caused by mirror neurons in the brain, which act in the same way whether we watch someone else being touched, or are touched ourselves. Normally, when …

–Credit: New Scientist – Home

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