Caring touch means more than pat on the back

    A friendly pat on the back or a hug are small gestures, but researchers say they can actually change how people think and behave. A lot of new research is investigating the importance and meaning of touch – WHYY’s Behavioral Health reporter Maiken Scott spoke with psychologist Dan Gottlieb about this growing body of work.

    A friendly pat on the back or a hug are small gestures, but researchers say they can actually change how people think and behave. A lot of new research is investigating the importance and meaning of touch – Maiken Scott spoke with psychologist Dan Gottlieb about this growing body of work.

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