The Science of Stress

 The Science of Stress

Stress affects so many people in so many ways. Not only does it cause your heart to race, head to hurt and focus to go out the window, but when experienced over time it can actually shorten your life. And it’s a big problem – in fact, according to the American Institute of Stress, 77% of people experience stress that affects their physical health. But what is stress and how does it wreak havoc on so many of us?



Breakthrough Stress Reduction Through BLAST

TouchPoints’ patent-pending BLAST (bi-lateral alternating stimulation-tactile technology) is scientifically proven to alter the body’s “fight or flight” response caused by stress. The wearables emit vibrations that disengage your standard stress response which can impact your performance and health.

And the results have shown to be lifechanging. This unique process of shifting from one brain area to another has been proven to create  new behaviour patterns that lessen your reaction to stress over time.

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Cortisol Levels Stabilize at the Push of a Button 

We are excited to unveil the results of academic research that shows non-invasive technology can be worn during stressful tasks such as presentations to stabilize cortisol compared with a control group. This could be a game-changer for anyone whose stress has ever pushed them out of the zone of performance. If we are stabilizing cortisol, we can reduce inflammation, mental burnout, and essentially enhance performance in real-time without mental rehearsal or cognitive strategies. Being able to use the technology when you give a speech, take a test, or play spots could take performance to the next level.”  - JOURNAL OF BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE
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Academic Studies

ADHD Preliminary ADHD Quotient Study Results Show Reduction ofHyperactivity with TouchPoints™

ANXIETY A Triple-Blind, Placebo-ControlledRandomized Trial of the Effect of Bilateral Alternating SomatosensoryStimulation on Reducing Stress-Related Cortisol and Anxiety During and Afterthe Trier Social Stress Test

ANXIETY Bilateral Alternating StimulationTactile (BLAST) and the Stress Response

ANXIETY The Therapeutic Effect of Bilateral Alternating StimulationTactile Form Technology on the Stress Response

ANXIETY Common Stress Profiles in AdultsUtilizing Bilateral Alternating Stimulation Tactile to Reduce Somatic andCognitive Distress

ANXIETY What is Possible: Advances in Applied Neuroscience AmySerin, PhD.

ANXIETY/PTSD Enhanced Amygdala and Medial Prefrontal Activation During Nonconscious Processing of Fear in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

AUTISM A Review of Wearable Solutions for Physiological and Emotional Monitoring for Use by People with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Caregivers

BLAST Actual User Data Confirms That TouchPoints Reduce Stress By 74% In 30 Seconds

BLAST Applied Bi-Lateral Alternating Stimulation - Tactile (BLAST) Evidence from Quantitative Electroencephalogram Amy Serin, PhD.

EMOTIONS Impaired Emotional Declarative Memory Following Unilateral Amygdala Damage

EMDR The Role of Alternating Bilateral Stimulation inEstablishing Positive Cognition in EMDR Therapy

EMDR Bilateral saccadic eye movements and tactile stimulation,but not auditory
stimulation, enhance memory retrieval

MEMORY Tactile Stimulation Enhances Memory

MEMORY Memory Systems in the Brain

PTSD Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD Applied Bi-Lateral Alternating Stimulation - Tactile (BLAST) As a Stress Inhibitor Amy Serin, PhD.

SLEEP/AUTISM History of Clinical and Non-Clinical Applications of Bi-Lateral Alternating Stimulation - Tactile (BLAST) Amy Serin, PhD.

TACTILE STIMULATION The Cerebellum Contributes to Somatosensory Cortical Activity during Self-Produced Tactile Stimulation

TACTILE STIMULATION Empathy for Pain and Touch in the Human Somatosensory Corte


The TouchPoint Scientific Advisor Board (SAB) provides strategic guidance and leads independent research studies measuring the impact of TouchPoints on different conditions. It plays a key role in identifying how TouchPoints can be used in both professional and personal settings to address a myriad of areas including stress, anxiety, focus, sleep and performance.

Dr. Michael J. Breus, Ph.D.

Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., known as The Sleep Doctor,  is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He was one of the youngest people to have passed the Board at age 31 and, with a specialty in Sleep Disorders, is one of only 168 psychologists in the world with his credentials and distinction. Dr. Breus is on the clinical advisory board of The Dr. Oz Show and appears regularly on the show.

Dr. Sheava Zadeh, Ph.D.   

Dr. Sheava Zadeh has dedicated her career to the field of Psychology while serving the needs of children and families for over 20 years. Dr. Sheava earned her Master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, and her Ph.D from the University of the Pacific. Dr. Sheava is also certified as a B.I.C.M., as well as having L.E.P licensure. 

Dr. Sheava has published research as well as clinical experience in the area of suicide prevention. Other areas of research include body dysmorphic disorder and academic achievement factors in children with chronic illness. In addition, she has years of experience in crisis management, assessments, psychometrics, therapy, consultation, and hosting seminars, and online workshops.

Dr. Nathan Hageman, Ph.D.

Dr. Nathan Hageman is TouchPoint's Research Director as well as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board. He received a Bachelor of Science in Physics, Chemistry and Biology from Johns Hopkins University, and an MD and a PhD in Neuroscience and Neuro-Engineering from UCLA with a focus in brain mapping and medical image processing. Nathan has an extensive knowledge of high-level mathematics and statistics, data analysis, image processing, and medicine, especially neuroscience/neuroanatomy.