Journal of Nonverbal Behavior

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 179–192

Touch, Compliance, and Homophobia

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10919-010-0090-1

Cite this article as:
Dolinski, D. J Nonverbal Behav (2010) 34: 179. doi:10.1007/s10919-010-0090-1


As has already been indicated in numerous studies, touching or holding someone by the arm while asking for something increases our chances of having our request fulfilled. However, the three experiments presented in this article which were conducted in Poland, indicate that in the conditions when a man requests something from another man, touch actually negatively affects the chances for request fulfillment. This effect seems to be linked to the strong male homophobia characteristic of the society within which the experiments were carried out.


Compliance Social influence Nonverbal behavior Touch Homophobia 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wroclaw FacultyWarsaw School of Social Sciences and HumanitiesWroclawPoland

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