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As predicted, when the wives knew they were due for a shock, their brain scans showed activity in brain areas that handle threats.
But when the wives held their husbands' hands during the same threat, their brain scans looked calmer than when they weren't holding hands.
For comparison, the wives were also tested while holding the hand of an unseen man they had never met.
While holding the stranger's hand, the wives' brain scans were less calm than while holding their husbands' hand, but calmer than while not holding anyone's hand.
The wives also rated how unpleasant and stressful each experiment had been.
They said that while they felt physically calmer while holding anyone's hand -- spouse or stranger -- only holding their husband's hand made the tests less unpleasant.
In short, holding the stranger's hand was better than holding no hand at all, but holding their husband's hand was best.
originally posted by: Char-Lee
My Mother never touched us, her children were never hugged, held or hands held, in fact if she could avoid touching in anyway she did.
originally posted by: beezzer
If you're holding someone's hand, you can never make a fist you can never flip someone off, you can never stay angry.
I wish more people would hold hands.