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What happens in the body when we're tickled?

Lightly stimulating tiny nerve endings beneath the skin sends a message through the nervous system to the brain. A light touch produces a tickle sensation from two parts of the brain, one that analyzes the pressure and another that governs pleasant feelings. That's why too much pressure can cause tickling to feel painful.

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