Monday, May 21, 2012


Tickle may thus be finally defined as an intensely vivid complex of unsteady, ill-localized and ill-analyzed sensation, with attention distributed over the immediate sensory contents and the concomitant sensations reflexly evoked. Its immediate sensory contents is not qualitatively different from contact, but in actual experience tickle is distinguishable from the ordinary contact complex in its character of a 'feeling' rather than a perception.

~ Elsie Murray (1908) A Qualitative Analysis of Tickling: Its Relation to Cutaneous and Organic Sensation

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