Physical Touch During Early Life Appears to Play a Key Role in Moral Development, According to New Research

PsyPost | Beth Ellwood

“The findings, though preliminary, suggest that experiences with touch in early life may shape adult capacities for getting along with others and the type of ethical orientation they bring to social relationships—open or bracing.”

Researchers continue to stress the importance of early touch experiences in psychological and physiological development. Children receiving more affectionate touch during childhood was positively associated with sociomoral outcomes such as empathy and social engagement.

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