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      The effect of a woman's incidental tactile contact on men's later behavior

      Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal
      Scientific Journal Publishers Ltd

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          Previous research has indicated that a light tactile contact is associated with a positive response towards the person who is touching. The effect of touch on courtship was investigated in this experiment, which was conducted in a field setting. A female confederate either slightly touched or did not touch a man in a bar when asking him for some help. It was found that men who were touched showed more interest toward the female confederate than when no touch occurred. It was also found that touch was associated with stronger courtship intentions by men. The importance of women's nonverbal patterns in the courtship context and the trend of men to misinterpret women's intent are proposed to explain these results.

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          Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal
          soc behav pers
          Scientific Journal Publishers Ltd
          0301-2212
          March 01 2010
          March 01 2010
          : 38
          : 2
          : 257-266
          Article
          10.2224/sbp.2010.38.2.257
          ea1cef40-d2ef-4aec-81c6-389a8dc80781
          © 2010
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