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Haptics Jennifer Warren 1/30/08 Haptics is the name given to the study of touching within nonverbal  communication.  It is the earliest communication every human receives.  The  study of haptics is very in depth.  There are many different types of touch,  societal and gender norms with touch, and there are cultural differences in touch.  Some people avoid touch, and most use it in order to communicate emotions,  intentional or not.  Touch also plays a key role in lifespan development. Functional/Professional touch is a type of touch used in formal occupational  settings.  Even if two individuals have a personal relationship, in a professional  atmosphere the type of touching that occurred between them and the amount of  touching would most likely be the same as any other individuals in a professional  atmosphere because of social norms.   I observed functional/professional touch last weekend.  I went with my  friend Lis to get her hair cut.  The hairdresser washed Lis’s hair, stroked her hair,  pushed her head in different directions, and brushed the excess hair off her arms  and shoulders.  None of this touching was performed with any meaning behind it;  the hairdresser was simply doing her job.   1
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Haptics Jennifer Warren 1/30/08 Social/Polite touch is often performed in greeting or saying goodbye to  acquaintances, a friend of a friend, or friends.  It is performed in order to be 
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