Hug me tender: Scientists unlock the secret to the perfect cuddle

Tokyo (AFP) – In this era of social distancing and depressing news, we could all do with a good hug. Now scientists have analysed what makes the perfect cuddle – just don’t squeeze too tight. A team from Japan’s Toho University measured the calming effect on infants of hugs of different pressures, and when given by strangers compared to from parents. By monitoring heart rates for the infant and using pressure sensors on the adult’s hand, the researchers assessed the baby’s reaction to just being held, a hug with medium pressure, and what they called a “tight hug”.  More details in Weekend’s Borneo Bulletin