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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 kinship based 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 b...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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10.1073/pnas.1519231112

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Suvilehto, JT More by this author
Glerean, E More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Experimental Psychology
Nummenmaa, L More by this author
Emil Aaltonen Foundation More from this funder
Publisher:
National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 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:fdbbfbb9-31f0-420a-8c29-2fe9541ee589
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588199
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pubs:588199

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