Touch in close relationships

Intercultural differences in the effects of touch in close relationships

In collaboration with Belinda Campos, University California, Irvine, and scholars from 5 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.


Involved students:

  • Nicole Froidevaux, PhD-student, University of California, Irvine
  • Clara Teixeira e Silva, Master Student, Universidade Federal Fluminense
  • Alumni: Argelia Arestegui, and Maria Remon-Ore, master students, Université de Lausanne

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
Elise Dan-Glauser, Université de Lausanne

Involved students: Ileana Di Vattimo Losada and Aurore Keim, Université de Lausanne

Touch from a clinical psychology perspective

Is touch experienced differently when a person suffers from a mental health issue or is submitted to potentially traumatic events? What about their partners? Can we promote well-being when inducing people to touch? In a range of project, we are addressing these questions.


  • Valentino Pomini, University of Lausanne
  • Asuman Büyükcan Tetik, Sabancı University, İstanbul
  • Cheryl Carmichael, Brooklyn College, The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • Shékina Rochat, Université de Lausanne
  • Maria del Rio Carral, Université de Lausanne
  • Involved students:
    • Kerem Besim Durbin, Graduate Student, Sabancı University, İstanbul
    • Turan Deniz Ergun, Master Student, Sabancı University, İstanbul
    • Lara Seefeld, Graduate Student, Techniche Universtität Dresden
  • Alumni:
    • Sabrina Didisheim, Magali Meireles, Maria Papadopoulou, Prisca Gerber, Université de Lausanne