Warmth, spatial proximity, and social attachment: The embodied perception of a social metaphor

@article{Fay2012WarmthSP,
  title={Warmth, spatial proximity, and social attachment: The embodied perception of a social metaphor},
  author={Adam J. Fay and Jon K. Maner},
  journal={Journal of Experimental Social Psychology},
  year={2012},
  volume={48},
  pages={1369-1372}
}
  • A. J. Fay, J. Maner
  • Published 1 November 2012
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

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