Where men and women like (and hate) to be touched

Relationship-specific TAMs across all studied countries. The blue-outlined black areas highlight the taboo zones, where a person with that relationship is not allowed to touch. FDR-corrected. Color bar indicates the t statistic range. Blue and red labels signify male and female subjects, respectively.
Relationship-specific TAMs across all studied countries. The blue-outlined black areas highlight the taboo zones, where a person with that relationship is not allowed to touch. FDR-corrected. Color bar indicates the t statistic range. Blue and red labels signify male and female subjects, respectively.

Your partner can touch you almost anywhere and you won’t feel uncomfortable. A friend can touch your head, shoulders, hands, and upper back without ruffling your feathers. Your mother can touch you in the same places a friend can touch you, but she is also welcome to touch your lower back. Your uncle better not try to touch you anywhere but your arms and upper back, and a stranger can only touch your hands without causing you to be alarmed.

These are the results of a fascinating study by researchers from Aalto University in Finland, the University of Oxford, and the University of Turku in Finland. They developed “relationship-specific maps of bodily regions where social touch is allowed in a large cross-cultural dataset of over 1,368 people.”

Full paper here – Topography of social touching depends on emotional bonds between humans.

Written By Dvo

A Kinky Geek, MCR UK

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