Tactile communication, cooperation, and performance: an ethological study of the NBA.

@article{Kraus2010TactileCC,
  title={Tactile communication, cooperation, and performance: an ethological study of the NBA.},
  author={Michael W. Kraus and Cassey Huang and Dacher Keltner},
  journal={Emotion},
  year={2010},
  volume={10 5},
  pages={
          745-9
        }
}
Tactile communication, or physical touch, promotes cooperation between people, communicates distinct emotions, soothes in times of stress, and is used to make inferences of warmth and trust. Based on this conceptual analysis, we predicted that in group competition, physical touch would predict increases in both individual and group performance. In an ethological study, we coded the touch behavior of players from the National Basketball Association (NBA) during the 2008-2009 regular season… Expand

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