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PREFACE
TOUCH-1
TOUCH-2
TOUCH-3 (begin)
TOUCH-3 (end)
TOUCH-4 (begin)
TOUCH-4 (end)
SMELL-1
SMELL-2
SMELL-3.1
SMELL-3.2
SMELL-3.3
SMELL-3.4
SMELL-3.5
SMELL-4 (begin)
SMELL-4 (end)
SMELL-5
HEARING-1
HEARING-2
HEARING-3
VISION-1.1
VISION-1.2
VISION-1.3
VISION-2.1
VISION-2.2
VISION-2.3
VISION-2.4
VISION-3
VISION-4
VISION-5
APPENDIX A
APPENDIX B HISTORY-1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.2
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.3
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3.1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

state, "have a ticklishness as unique as their function and as keen as 

their importance." Herrick finds the supreme illustration of the summation 

and irradiation theory of tickling in the phenomena of erotic excitement, 

and points out that in harmony with this the skin of the sexual region is, 

as Dogiel has shown, that portion of the body in which the tactile 

corpuscles are most thoroughly and elaborately provided with anastomosing 

fibres. It has been pointed out[15] that, when ordinary tactile 

sensibility is partially abolished,--especially in hemianaesthesia in the 

insane,--some sexual disturbance is specially apt to be found in 

association. 

 

In young children, in girls even when they are no longer children, and 

occasionally in men, tickling may be a source of acute pleasure, which in 

very early life is not sexual, but later tends to become so under 

circumstances predisposing to the production of erotic emotion, and 

especially when the nervous system is keyed up to a high tone favorable 

for the production of the maximum effect of tickling. 

 

"When young," writes a lady aged 28, "I was extremely fond of 

being tickled, and I am to some extent still. Between the ages of 

10 and 12 it gave me exquisite pleasure, which I now regard as 

sexual in character. I used to bribe my younger sister to tickle 

my feet until she was tired." 

 

Stanley Hall and Allin in their investigation of the phenomena of 

tickling, largely carried out among young women teachers, found 

that in 60 clearly marked cases ticklishness was more marked at 

one time than another, "as when they have been 'carrying on,' or 

are in a happy mood, are nervous or unwell, after a good meal, 

when being washed, when in perfect health, when with people they 

like, etc." (Hall and Allin, "Tickling and Laughter," _American 

Journal of Psychology_, October, 1897.) It will be observed that 

most of the conditions mentioned are such as would be favorable 

to excitations of an emotionally sexual character. 

 

The palms of the hands may be very ticklish during sexual 

excitement, especially in women, and Moll (_Kontraere 

Sexualempfindung_, p. 180) remarks that in some men titillation 

of the skin of the back, of the feet, and even of the forehead 

evokes erotic feelings. 

 

It may be added that, as might be expected, titillation of the 

skin often has the same significance in animals as in man. "In 

some animals," remarks Louis Robinson (art. "Ticklishness," 

_Dictionary of Psychological Medicine_), "local titillation of 

the skin, though in parts remote from the reproductive organs, 

plainly acts indirectly upon them as a stimulus. Thus, Harvey 

records that, by stroking the back of a favorite parrot (which he 

had possessed for years and supposed to be a male), he not only 

gave the bird gratification,--which was the sole intention of the 


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