How does human touch work?

Find out how the sense of touch tells humans about pressure and temperature.

Why is skin important?

  • It covers all of our body, protecting it from getting hurt.

  • It helps us feel lots of things like cold, heat and pain.

  • If we are too hot it can help us cool down.

  • If we are too cold it can help us warm up.

Why are feet so ticklish?

  • Our skin has things called 'receptors'. These help us feel touch.
  • Different areas of the body have different amounts of receptors.
  • The ticklish areas like feet have a lot of skin receptors!