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Topography of social touching depends on emotional bonds between humans

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Nonhuman primates use social touch for maintenance and reinforcement of social structures, yet the role of social touch in human bonding in different reproductive, affiliative, and kinshipbased relationships remains unresolved. Here we reveal quantified, relationship-specific maps of bodily regions where social touch is allowed in a large cross-cultural dataset (N = 1,368 from Finland, France, Italy, Russia, and the United Kingdom). Participants were shown front and back silhouettes of human ...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1073/pnas.1519231112

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Experimental Psychology
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Publisher:
National Academy of Sciences of the United States Publisher's website
Journal:
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Journal website
Volume:
112
Issue:
45
Pages:
13811-13816
Publication date:
2015-09-05
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EISSN:
1091-6490
ISSN:
0027-8424
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uuid:835a1320-d319-411e-9717-4ecb41800e15
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593117
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pubs:593117

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