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Percept Mot Skills. 2007 Apr;104(2):581-8.

Touch, compliance, and awareness of tactile contact.

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Université de Provence.

Abstract

Many experimental studies have shown that touch increases compliance with a request; however, the difference between the effect of touch on compliance between participants who notice and those who do not notice such contact remains in question. An experiment was conducted in which a female confederate asked 368 female smokers to give her a cigarette. In the Touch condition, when making her request, the confederate slightly touched the participant on her forearm. Analysis showed the touch was associated with significantly higher compliance to the request, and a difference was evident in the Touch condition between subjects who had noticed the tactile contact and those who had not.

PMID:
17566448
DOI:
10.2466/pms.104.2.581-588
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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