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Does What We Touch Affect the Way We Think?

Something as simple as an object's texture can affect how you think and feel about the world around you.

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You know that warm, happy feeling when you're holding a cup of hot cocoa?

You know that warm, happy feeling when you’re holding a cup of hot cocoa? Or that serious, judgmental side that comes out when you are holding a clipboard?

These are both examples of “embodied cognition.”

Psychologists are conducting experiments to find the link between what we touch and how we feel.

Read More:

  • Sense of Touch Colors Our View of the World (Science/AAAS)
  • What We Touch Unconsciously Influences How We Think (MITmediarelations)
  • Tactile Sensations Influence Social Judgments and Decisions (ScienceDaily)
Molly Plunkett

is a journalism student at Indiana University and an online producer for A Moment of Science. She is originally from Wheaton, IL.

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