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CURRENT RESEARCH

In this work, I am concerned with the sensory phenomenon of touch aversion, and the resulting phenomena of touch starvation and marasmus (a wasting disease once attributed to insufficient interpersonal touch). I seek to reconcile these conflicting phenomena. I do this by creating inert surrogates for tactile experience that simultaneously function as comfort objects and pseudo-medical devices. These objects simulate the tactile qualities of the human body, serving to passively give and accept touch without triggering the psychological or physiological reflexes that would cause aversion.