Does Mediated Social Touch Succesfully Approximate Natural Social Touch?

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Mediated social touch (MST) devices are upcoming. To date, experiments
aimed at demonstrating whether effects of naturalistic social touch can be replicated with MST provide mixed findings. A possible explanation could be a lack of realism of current haptic displays in combination with not sufficiently taking contextual factors of social touch into account. Using a qualitative approach, our study aims to gain more insight into the influence of contextual effects on the experience of an MST, by means of exploring female participants’ experiences of receiving an MST from a male stranger versus their romantic partner. Our findings show that simultaneously feeling and seeing the touch act performed on a corporeal object can be beneficial for the MST experience. However, our findings also demonstrate that it is not self-evident to regard MST as phenomenologically equal to natural social touch, as it often fails to meet the expectations people have formed based on naturalistic social touch.
Originele taal-2Engels
StatusGeaccepteerd/In druk - 2020
EvenementAnnual International CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference - Milan, Italië
Duur: 14 jun 202116 jun 2021

Congres

CongresAnnual International CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference
Verkorte titelCYPSY25
LandItalië
StadMilan
Periode14/06/2116/06/21

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