ARTICLES: PDF OnlyTherapeutic and Physical Touch Physiological Response to Stressful StimuliRANDOLPH, GRETCHEN LAY Author Information GRETCHEN LAY RANDOLPH, PHD, RN, is a psychotherapist in private practice, Portland, OR. Nursing Research: January 1984 - Volume 33 - Issue 1 - p 33-36 Buy Abstract Sixty female college students were exposed to a stressful stimulus and treated by therapeutic or physical touch. Groups were compared on levels of physiological response through electro-myographic, skin conductance, and peripheral skin temperature measures. The hypotheses predicted that the therapeutic touch group would remain more relaxed than the physical touch group. None of the hypotheses were confirmed using a one-way analysis of covariance. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.