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Man’s Touch Makes Women’s Skin Hot–Men Take More Risks When Touched by Women

May 30, 2012

Aside from the sensationalist titles, and the surrounding wordplay of men making women hot, there is valid science showing that the women in the study had an increase in skin temperature after being touched on the “face or chest” by a man participating in the experiment.

“Women showed a temperature increase when they were involved in social contact with the male experimenter,” study researcher Amanda Hahn, of the University of St. Andrews, in the United Kingdom, told LiveScience. “In some women they changed by almost a whole degree” Celsius, or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit…

When an experimenter (of either gender) touched a participant, the participant’s average skin temperature jumped about a tenth of a degree Celsius. The effect wasn’t as large when considering only touches to the participant’s arm or palm, and the skin of the face and chest regions changed the most.

The jump was about three times larger when the experimenter was male, the researchers found. The facial and chest skin of a young female, when touched in those areas by a male experimenter, got about 0.54 F (0.3 C) hotter.

The touch

This increase is pretty large for a facial temperature change, the researchers said. “This is the sort of magnitude of change you would see when you are doing an explicit emotional stressor,” like inducing fear or stress, Hahn said. “We weren’t manipulating their emotional or affective state, it was a subtle social interaction with the experimenter … but they had pretty large reactions.”

Many of the participants were unaware of their skin temperature reaction, when asked about it after the fact. “Only about a quarter of the sample reported feeling any emotional change. The rest were consciously unaffected by the interaction,” Hahn said.

Because some women said they had “no change,” researches have surmised that this skin-heating phenomenon is a subconscious trait.  I am not so sure of that because there are all sorts of reasons women may not admit to feeling “hot,” ranging from marital state to embarrassment.

Men, on the other hand, tend to take more risks when touched by women:

A new study finds that physical contact, such as a pat on the back by a woman, increases a man’s risk tolerance.

Investigators discovered that men would risk more money if a female experimenter patted them on the back, than if she just talked to them or if a man did the patting.

Hmm, so it seems women get hotter, but did anyone measure men’s skin temperature?

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