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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Need Something, talk to my right ear!

I received an email and have a link to this SITE.  Since it’s not a long article, I have copied below:-

Most of us pre­fer to be ad­dressed in our right ear, and are more likely grant a re­quest when we re­ceive it in our right ear than our left, re­search­ers have found.

The bi­as is due to brain asym­me­try, said Lu­ca Tom­masi and Daniele Mar­zoli of Ga­bri­e­le d’An­nun­zio Un­ivers­ity in Chi­eti, It­a­ly, whose find­ings are pub­lished on­line in the re­search jour­nal Natur­wis­sen­schaf­ten.
Al­though sci­en­tists have known for a long time that the right ear is bet­ter at ab­sorb­ing spo­ken in­forma­t­ion, most past stud­ies were in con­trolled lab­o­r­a­to­ry set­tings, so there was lit­tle ev­i­dence for the phe­nom­e­non in eve­ry­day be­hav­ior, ac­cord­ing to the re­search­ers.

Tom­masi and Mar­zoli stud­ied ear pre­ference by observ­ing night­club vis­i­tors. In one stu­dy, they watched 286 rev­el­ers while they were talk­ing, with loud mu­sic in the back­ground. In to­tal, 72 per­cent of in­ter­ac­tions oc­curred on the right side of the lis­ten­er, the re­search­ers found.

In a sec­ond stu­dy, the re­search­ers ap­proached 160 club­go­ers and mum­bled some­thing mean­ing­less. They then waited for the sub­jects to turn their head and of­fer ei­ther their left or right ear. The re­searcher would then re­quest a cig­a­rette.

Over­all, 58 per­cent of­fered their right ear for lis­ten­ing and 42 per­cent their left, but only wom­en showed a con­sist­ent right-ear pre­ference, ac­cord­ing to the in­ves­ti­ga­tors. There was no link be­tween the num­ber of cig­a­rettes ob­tained and the ear re­ceiv­ing the re­quest in this stu­dy.

But in a third experiment, the re­search­ers in­ten­tion­ally ad­dressed 176 club­bers in ei­ther their right or their left ear when ask­ing for a cig­a­rette, and re­ported getting sig­nif­i­cantly more cig­a­rettes when ask­ing in the right ear than in the left.

Stim­u­li re­ceived in the right ear are pro­cessed in the left side of the brain, Tom­masi and Mar­zoli not­ed. The find­ings, they added, con­firm not only past re­search with hu­mans, but al­so with an­i­mals. “Our stud­ies cor­rob­o­rate the idea of a com­mon an­ces­try—in hu­mans and oth­er species—of lat­er­al­ized be­hav­ior dur­ing so­cial in­ter­ac­tions,” they wrote.

So, next time, speak to someone on the right especially to women?

4 comments:

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