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  Cross-cultural similarity in relationship-specific social touching

Suvilehto, J. T., Nummenmaa, L., Harada, T., Dunbar, R. I. M., Hari, R., Turner, R., et al. (2019). Cross-cultural similarity in relationship-specific social touching. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286(1901): 20190467. doi:10.1098/rspb.2019.0467.

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Suvilehto, Juulia T.1, 2, Author
Nummenmaa, Lauri2, 3, Author
Harada, Tokiko4, Author
Dunbar, Robin I. M.5, 6, Author
Hari, Riitta7, Author
Turner, Robert8, Author              
Norihiro, Sadato9, Author
Kitada, Ryo10, Author
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1Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland, ou_persistent22              
2Turku PET Centre, University of Turku, Finland, ou_persistent22              
3Department of Psychology, University of Turku, Finland, ou_persistent22              
4Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Hiroshima University, Japan, ou_persistent22              
5Department of Computer Science, Aalto University, Finland, ou_persistent22              
6Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, ou_persistent22              
7Department of Art, Aalto University, Finland, ou_persistent22              
8Department Neurophysics, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634550              
9National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Okazaki, Japan, ou_persistent22              
10Division of Psychology, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, ou_persistent22              

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Free keywords: Cultural differences; Emotion; Bonding; Social touch
 Abstract: Many species use touching for reinforcing social structures, and particularly, non-human primates use social grooming for managing their social networks. However, it is still unclear how social touch contributes to the maintenance and reinforcement of human social networks. Human studies in Western cultures suggest that the body locations where touch is allowed are associated with the strength of the emotional bond between the person touched and the toucher. However, it is unknown to what extent this relationship is culturally universal and generalizes to non-Western cultures. Here, we compared relationship-specific, bodily touch allowance maps across one Western (N = 386, UK) and one East Asian (N = 255, Japan) country. In both cultures, the strength of the emotional bond was linearly associated with permissible touch area. However, Western participants experienced social touching as more pleasurable than Asian participants. These results indicate a similarity of emotional bonding via social touch between East Asian and Western cultures.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2019-02-252019-04-042019-04-242019-04-17
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.0467
PMID: 31014213
PMC: PMC6501924
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Funding organization : Emil Aaltonen Foundation
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Funding organization : Alfred Kordelin Foundation
Project name : Molecular and functional neural mechanisms of social bonding in humans
Grant ID : 294897
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Funding organization : Academy of Finland
Project name : Fitting The World to Minds: Brain Basis of Sharing and Transmitting Representations of the Social World / SOCIAL BRAIN
Grant ID : 313000
Funding program : Funding Programme 7
Funding organization : European Commission (EC)
Project name : Psychology of Relationships, Networks and Community Cohesion / RELNET
Grant ID : 295663
Funding program : Funding Programme 7
Funding organization : European Commission (EC)
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Funding program : NAP start-up grant
Funding organization : Nanyang Technological University
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Grant ID : 26244031 ; 15H01846 ; 16H01680 ; 25135734
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Funding organization : MEXT/JSPS KAKENHI

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Title: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
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Publ. Info: London : Royal Society
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 286 (1901) Sequence Number: 20190467 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 0962-8452
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/110975500577295_2