Touch and well-being in the insecurely attached
In a multi-method study, we investigate how attachment avoidance is association with touch and its association with well-being.
Intercultural differences in the effects of touch in close relationships
In collaboration with Belinda Campos, University California, Irvine, and scholars from six Latin-American countries,we investigate the differences in the frequency and effect of touch on well-being across different types of close relationships in Latino vs Northern-Western cultures.
- Vicente Cassepp-Borges, University of Federal Fluminense, Brazil
- Rozzana Sánchez Aragón, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
- Juan Enrique Wilson Alcalde, Universidad de Chile
- Elena Zubieta, Universidad de Bueno Aires, Argentina
- Carmen Elvira Navia Arroyo, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
- Ruth Nina-Estrella, Universidad de Puerto Rico
- Argelia Arestegui, and Maria Remon-Ore, master students, University of Lausanne
- Nicole Froidevaux, PhD-student, University of California, Irvine
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).
Touch from a clinical psychology perspective
Is touch experienced differently when a person suffers from a mental health issue? What about their partners? Can we promote well-being when inducing people to touch? In a range of project, we are starting to address these questions.
- Valentino Pomini, University of Lausanne
- Prisca Gerber is looking at individuals differences in the association between touch and stress.
- Sabrina Didisheim is investigating the experience of touch in people with a depression diagnosis.
- Kerem Besim Durbin (Leiden University) developed an app that allows to prompt couples to touch each other while there are together. This allows 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), and Reine van der Wal, Utrecht University).