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2022 Jan 06


Mechanical Affective Touch Therapy for Anxiety Disorders: Effects on Resting State Functional Connectivity.


Gonsalves MA, Beck QM, Fukuda AM, Tirrell E, Kokdere F, Kronenberg EF, Iadarola ND, Hagberg S, Carpenter LL, Barredo J
Neuromodulation. 2022 Jan 06.
PMID: 35088729.


Mechanical Affective Touch Therapy (MATT) is a safe, novel form of noninvasive peripheral nerve stimulation. Although mechanical stimulation activates nerves, we know little about its impact on psychiatric symptoms and their underlying cortical mechanisms. We examined the effects of open-label MATT on resting state functional connectivity (RSFC) and its relationship with anxiety and affective symptomatology (clinical results in separate report).