I found this study very interesting. The results showed that a spouses support reduced the stress and arousal of a stressful or threatening situation and a strangers hand and support is better than no human support at all. I found it very fascinating that we can actually see the biological impact that social support has on an individual. It proves that attachment relationships and strong social support can reduce your stress and improve your biological response to stress and threatening situations. The simple act of hand holding can have a powerful impact between not only ones you have attachments with but with anyone. The results and the information that the article provided can be related to every human social connection that one may have, whether its someone you know or not. It shows we all can have a powerful connection.
While reading many questions arose in my mind. This spring I took a Cultural Psychology class and the information I learned and discussed in that class makes me question different studies and how they may improve and expand their study. I question if they used a more diverse group of people if the results would be the same. 15 out of 16 couples were caucasian. In my cultural psychology class we discussed differences in feminine and masculine cultures. Where countries such as Peru and India see women as the more powerful, secure figure in society, the family and a marriage. The study makes me question if the these couples were studied if the results would be similar, depending if the men were studied or women. Other cultures around the world also have many differences in gender roles which may also change the results.
I also thought about personality: would more independent individuals have less impact when holding someones hand. If men were studied would the results be different or would they be similar?