Individual Differences in Haptic Information Processing: The "Need for Touch" Scale

Joann Peck, Terry L. Childers

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This research details the development of the "Need for Touch" (NFT) scale designed to measure individual differences in preference for haptic (touch) information. The 12-item NFT scale consists of autotelic and instrumental dimensions. Results are reported that support the scale's hypothesized internal structure as well as its reliability, convergent, discriminant, and nomological validity. Individual differences in chronic accessibility to haptic information across groups varying in NFT were also found in two experiments. Additionally, NFT moderated the relationship between direct experience and confidence in judgment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)430-442
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Consumer Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2003


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