Haptic behavior in social interaction

  • Peter A. Andersen
  • Laura K. Guerrero


Touch “is the core of sentience, the foundation for communication with the world around us, and probably the single sense that is as old as life itself.” Indeed, touch is “the most intimate of senses” [1]


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Selected readings

  1. Andersen PA (2008) Nonverbal communication: Forms and functions (Second edition). Waveland Press, Long Grove, IllinoisGoogle Scholar
  2. Field T (2002) Infant’s need for touch. Human Development 45: 100–103CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Guerrero LK, Andersen PA (1994) Patterns of matching and initiation: Touch behavior and avoidance across romantic relationship stages. J Nonverbal Behavior 18: 137–153CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Hall JA, Veccia EM (1990) More “touching” observations: New insights on men, women, and interpersonal touch. J Personality and Social Psychol 59: 1155–1162CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Jones S (1994) The right touch: Understanding and using the language of physical contact. Hampton Press, Cresskill, NJGoogle Scholar

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© Birkhäuser Verlag 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter A. Andersen
    • 1
  • Laura K. Guerrero
    • 2
  1. 1.School of CommunicationSan Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.The Hugh Downs School of Human CommunicationArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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