I’ve written several times about the power of touch in the classroom, and they’ve all received a lot of feedback.

I’ve just read some additional studies that say a light touch on the upper arm can increase “compliance” substantially, and two light touches can increase it even more. In addition, a touch can result in a higher positive response rate to a request for help.

I thought readers might be interested in seeing my earlier posts on the topic, along with multiple comments left by others on them:

The (Ironic) Power Of Touch

The Power of “Touch” In The Classroom

“Sense of Touch Colors Our View of the World”

Students’ Personal Space

Why is a touch on the arm so persuasive?

The power of a light touch on the arm

Should Teachers Be Allowed to Touch Students? is from The Atlantic.

Doug Lemov has a nice post on using touch in the classroom.

Americans, It’s Time to Get Comfortable With Platonic Touch is from The NY Times.

A friendly pat on the back can improve performance in basketball is from Science Daily.

Feedback on this topic are welcome!

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