Men always swore their touch would make us hot, and according to a recent study they were right. Gasp!
Live Science reports that when women are involved in social contact with men, their body temperature increases, particularly in the face and chest.
Researcher Amanda Hahn, of the University of St. Andrews, stated that in some cases women’s skin temperature was affected by as much as 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit. Wow, talk about getting hot and bothered!
Live Science was quick to remind us that body temperature is affected by all sorts of conditions, including anger, stress, and fear. However, when young heterosexual women participants were touched on the face, arm, or hand by male experimenters, researchers discovered a significant increase in body temperature.
In regard to the increase in facial temperature, Hahn stated, “This is the sort of magnitude of change you would see when you are doing an explicit emotional stressor.” The facial response is particularly interesting since participants were merely engaging in subtle social interaction, rather than conditions designed to illicit an emotional response.
Despite the change in body temperature, only a quarter of participants reported feeling an emotional change by the interaction.
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