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Hands Touching Hands: Affective and Evaluative Effects of an Interpersonal Touch

Jeffrey D. Fisher, Marvin Rytting and Richard Heslin
Sociometry
Vol. 39, No. 4 (Dec., 1976), pp. 416-421
DOI: 10.2307/3033506
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3033506
Page Count: 6
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Hands Touching Hands: Affective and Evaluative Effects of an Interpersonal Touch
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Abstract

A 2 (touch-no touch) x 2 (sex of confederate) x 2 (sex of subject) between subjects design tested the affective and evaluative consequences of receiving an interpersonal touch in a Professional/Functional situation. It was found that the affective and evaluative response to touch was uniformly positive for females, who felt affectively more positive and evaluated the toucher and the environmental setting more favorably than in no touch conditions. The male response to touch was more ambivalent.

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