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  Social touch: A tool rather than a signal

Schirmer, A., Croy, I., & Schweinberger, S. R. (2022). Social touch: A tool rather than a signal. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 44: 101100. doi:10.1016/j.cobeha.2021.101100.

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Schirmer, Annett1, 2, Author              
Croy, Ilona3, 4, Author
Schweinberger, Stefan R.4, Author
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1Department of Psychology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China, ou_persistent22              
2Department Neuropsychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634551              
3Department of Psychology, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, Dresden, Germany, ou_persistent22              
4Department of Psychology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, ou_persistent22              

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 Abstract: Traditionally, nonverbal behaviors have been understood as coded messages one person sends to another. Following this tradition, social touch has been pursued by asking what it communicates. We argue this question is misleading and ask instead how touch impacts on those giving and receiving it. Indeed, a growing literature investigating gentle physical contact highlights that both toucher and touchee may benefit because such contact is pleasurable, because it helps regulate stress and negative affect, or because it generates trust and good will. Together, published findings prompt a new perspective that understands tactile and other nonverbal behaviors as tools. This perspective seems better suited to explain existing data and to guide future research into the processes and consequences of social touch.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2022-01-072022-04
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/j.cobeha.2021.101100
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Title: Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
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Publ. Info: Amsterdam : Elsevier
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 44 Sequence Number: 101100 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 2352-1546
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/2352-1546