The Daily Telegraph

The Touch Test: The Re­sults

- Wellcome Collection · Claudia Hammond


This pro­gramme re­leases the re­sults from the BBC’S “Touch Test”, launched in Jan­uary this year in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Well­come Col­lec­tion, ask­ing nearly 40,000 peo­ple from 112 coun­tries their at­ti­tudes to­wards touch in daily life. As 2020 has been in­creas­ingly shaped by so­cial dis­tanc­ing, the study has per­haps taken on new res­o­nance. Clau­dia Ham­mond and Pro­fes­sor Michael Banissy look at the study’s find­ings, ex­plor­ing how touch main­tains so­cial bonds, the role of touch in car­ing, and how touch af­fects our health and sleep.

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