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Looks of Concern
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- Eduardo is in the hospital and takes a turn for the worse.

- Mads and Char overhear Thayer admitting he slept with Sutton.

- Sutton gets locked up in the mental hospital.

- Thayer helps Emma look for answers.

- Laurel decides to lose her virginity to Justin.

- Sutton meets Annie Hobbs.

- Travis shows up in Phoenix looking for Emma.

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Quite an interesting post! Ever woderned what your handholding signals to people who happen to see you hold hands? That question was the central one answered in my thesis research, which will soon be published in Communication Research Reports. Bodie, G. D., & Villaume, W. A. (in press). Men and women holding hands revisited: Effects of mutual engagement and hand dominance on attributtions of cross-sex handholding. Communication Research Reports.Participants were asked to view a set of 12 photographs that displayed several variations of handholding behavior between one man and one woman. The pictures only showed from the elbows down. After each picture, participants rated the intimacy of the couple and their perceptions of who was "more powerful." Results showed that couples engaged in coalescent handholding (aka Intertwined Fingers ) were viewed as having a more intimate relationship than those engaged in "the passive handhold"; each of these types of handholding were seen as more intimate than "the one-finger handhold."In terms of power, participants attributed more relational power to the individual whose hand was on top. In other words, outside observers attribute more power to one relational partner simply based on how the hands are positioned during handholding!Although there were several other interesting findings (and this one study is not a definitive statement of handholding attributions), this was the crux of the piece. While my research does NOT suggest that couples who hold hands in particular ways ARE more or less intimate or that their relational power structure IS a particular way, it does suggest that others who view your handholding make judgments about your relationship. If you're interested in reading and/or critiquing this research, let me know at gbodie@lsu.edu.




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