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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 8 Touching and Human Development Most basic primitive form of communication Were sensitive to touch first Possibly the most important form of contact with others Critical to normal growth (stimulate hormone production and weight) We gain knowledge about the world and ourselves through exploration with mouth and hands Mothers and infants have most contact between 14months and 2years Touch can replace words as an intimate sign of closeness Touch is critical to development Who touches whom, where, when and how much? How much? Amount of contact varies by age- personality, sex, situation, culture and relationship Touch less in long term relationships vs. those working on a relationship In married relationships, people are more likely to reciprocate touch than in dating Whom? Females are seen as more accessible to touch Opposite sex, friends, and mothers do the most touching Fathers touch primarily on hands Where? In public places touching is infrequent (only 15% touched) Some places it is more frequent airports, sports teams...
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