The communication of emotion via touch.

  title={The communication of emotion via touch.},
  author={Matthew J. Hertenstein and Rachel Holmes and Margaret E. McCullough and Dacher Keltner},
  volume={9 4},
The study of emotional communication has focused predominantly on the facial and vocal channels but has ignored the tactile channel. Participants in the current study were allowed to touch an unacquainted partner on the whole body to communicate distinct emotions. Of interest was how accurately the person being touched decoded the intended emotions without seeing the tactile stimulation. The data indicated that anger, fear, disgust, love, gratitude, and sympathy were decoded at greater than… 

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