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    Johansson, Caroline
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology.
    Views on and Perceptions of Experiences of Touch Avoidance: An Exploratory Study2013In: Current psychology (New Brunswick, N.J.), ISSN 1046-1310, E-ISSN 1936-4733, Vol. 32, no 1, p. 44-59Article in journal (Refereed)
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    The aim of this study was to explore perceptions of physical touch by conducting semi-structured interviews with 14 participants, nine women and five men (M (age) = 25.1). A touch avoidance screening form was used to select subjects with the highest scores on touch avoidance as well as those with the lowest scores, that is, the greatest acceptance of touch, for the interviews (n = 7 in each group). Data were analyzed using Burnard's stage-by-stage process of coding and categorization. The identified superordinate themes were labeled: 1) safe haven, 2) skill, 3) physical appearance, 4) ambivalence and 5) fear. Among other findings, touch avoiders seemed to have a greater need for bodily intimacy as a confirmation of the romantic partner relationship than did touch accepters. It was concluded that the experience of physical closeness is complex, and the relationships with attachment theory were discussed. Further research was suggested to more thoroughly investigate the present findings on touch avoidance, as well as the origins of touch avoidance and its consequences for personal relationships and communication skills.

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    Pazhoohi, Farid
    et al.
    University of Minho, Portugal.
    Grammer, Karl
    University of Vienna, Austria.
    Macedo, António Filipe
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Medicine and Optometry. University of Minho, Portugal.
    Arantes, Joana
    University of Minho, Portugal.
    The effect of women’s leg posture on gazing behavior and perceived attractiveness2018In: Current Psychology, ISSN 1046-1310, E-ISSN 1936-4733, p. 1-6Article in journal (Refereed)
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    Subtle nonverbal changes can influence perception, signal individual’s affective state and act as gateways in interpersonal communications. In this exploratory study, we investigated the effect of previously uninvestigated female leg posture (in-toeing vs. out-toeing) on gazing behavior and perceived attractiveness. Results showed a small effect: participants fixated more and spent more time looking at the legs and feet of the stimuli with in-toeing feet than parallel and out-toeing feet. Likewise, we found a small effect for the perception of the attractiveness. In line with the previous studies, we suggest in-toeing feet might signal femininity and submission and discussed our results accordingly.

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