5/30/2012 11:57 AM
It seems there is some truth behind the expression “hot and bothered.” A new study has found that a woman’s temperature increases when a man touches her skin.
Researchers came to this conclusion after rounding up a group of heterosexual women and observing their interactions with men. It seems that whenever a male experimenter touched one of the women on the arm, palm, face, or chest, the lady’s temperature jumped up by an average of 0.54 F. The biggest temperature changes occurred in the women's face or chest.
"Women showed a temperature increase when they were involved in social contact with the male experimenter," study researcher Amanda Hahn told LiveScience. "In some women they changed by almost a whole degree Celsius, or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit.”
The majority of women had no idea their skin temperature had changed, though some felt slightly warmer. Hahn was surprised by the significant temperature jump, particularly the jump in the women’s faces.
"This is the sort of magnitude of change you would see when you are doing an explicit emotional stressor," 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."
Though nothing is certain, researchers believe the temperature changes could be a innate, nonverbal method of communication.
The study appears today in the journal Biology Letters.
What do you think of the results of this study? Fellows, don’t be getting any ideas about recreating this experiment!