Touch in close relationships

Touch and well-being in the avoidantly attached

In a multimethod study, we investigate how avoidant attachment is association with touch and its association with well-being.

Emily A. Impett, University of Toronto Mississauga
Geoff MacDonald, University of Toronto
Jennifer Stellar, University of Toronto Mississauga

Intercultural differences in the effects of touch in close relationships

In collaboration with Belinda Campos, University California, Irvine, we investigate the differences in the frequency and effect of touch on well-being across different types of close relationships in Latino vs European cultures.

Touch as a stress-buffer: An experimental study with physiological measures

This projects investigates whether touch, from the romantic partner or from a stranger, can play a role as a buffer of an experimentally induced stress (self-esteem threat).

Petra Klumb, University of Fribourg
Jennifer Stellar, University of Toronto Mississauga

Involved master students

Seyda Demircan investigates the differences in the motivation to touch according to attachment style.

Lisa Dumont investigates intercultural (« Latinos » vs « White-European ») differences in the association of touch with well-being.

Prisca Gerber is looking at individuals differences in the association between touch and stress.

Kerem Besim Durbin (Leiden University) is developing an app that will allow to prompt couples to touch each other while there are together. This will allow to investigate the causal link between touch and relational and individual well-being in a naturalistic setting. This project is in collaboration with Johan Karremans (Radboud University , Nijmegen), Reine van der Wal, Utrecht University), and Marieke Tollenaar (Leiden University).