Subtle Contact Nuances in the Delivery of Human-to-Human Touch Distinguish Emotional Sentiment

@article{Xu2022SubtleCN,
  title={Subtle Contact Nuances in the Delivery of Human-to-Human Touch Distinguish Emotional Sentiment},
  author={Shan Xu and Chang Xu and Sarah McIntyre and H{\aa}kan Olausson and Gregory J. Gerling},
  journal={IEEE Transactions on Haptics},
  year={2022},
  volume={15},
  pages={97-102}
}
We routinely communicate distinct social and emotional sentiments through nuanced touch. For example, we might gently hold another's arm to offer a sense of calm, yet intensively hold another's arm to express excitement or anxiety. As this example indicates, distinct sentiments may be shaped by the subtlety in one's touch delivery. This work investigates how slight distinctions in skin-to-skin contact influence both the recognition of cued emotional messages (e.g., anger, sympathy) and the… 

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