Dr. Despina Michael-Grigoriou

For people who often feel lonely, periods of social isolation are even more stressful. Social touch deprivation could lead to depression and other negative psychological effects. It's amazing how the features of the Hands-On app and the Virtual Touch toolkit utilize the sensation of touch towards resetting the mood when feeling blue. This result is achieved thanks to smartphone technology and specialized exercises that promote the rediscovery of our somatosensory system through an interactive interface, adaptive to the user's mood.