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Is everyone ticklish?

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No conclusive evidence exists to support whether everyone is truly ticklish or not. Each person has a "ticklish" response to stimuli dependent upon the sensitivity of his nervous system and other factors, but tickling the skin does not always result in laughter.

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Is everyone ticklish?
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Tickling is subjective, with stimuli producing a variety of responses. Unanticipated tickling often results in laughter, while being prepared for tickling can prevent the laugh response.

Gargalesis is tickling that can produce laughter, while knismesis is tickling produced by light touch that often results in an itchy feeling.

Various studies on tickling have been carried out, with a wide array of results that explain why tickling happens, how different people respond and why self-tickling does not work.

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    Where are women most ticklish?

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    Every woman is different and presents varying degrees of ticklishness, in both intensity and location of ticklish spots. Scientifically speaking, the most ticklish areas on the human body are the feet, the armpits and the neck.

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    Why is someone ticklish?

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    As of 2014, no hard evidence explains what causes a person to be more or less sensitive to tickling, though there are theories. The tickling sensation is caused by nerve fibers associated with both pain and touch, and specific behaviors are associated with the stimulation of those fibers.

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    Why are some people not ticklish?

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