A recent study conducted ad Depauw University describes how people convey emotions thru touch. In the study, blindfolded subjects were touched by people who were told to try to express a particular emotion (anger, fear, happiness, sadness, disgust, love, gratitude or sympathy). No words were exchanged. Subjects were as accurate at determining the emotion conveyed thru touch as is generally true for similar facial expression experiments.
I think this is great. I’ve always been a touchy person. Human contact is in short supply in our overly litigious society. We need to have more physical contact with one another. Now that researchers are demonstrating the communicative power of touch, perhaps people will lighten up a bit and become more physically expressive.
I’m ready to hug somebody right now.