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The right way to kiss:directionality bias in head-turning during kissing


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Karim, A. K. M. R., Proulx, M. J., de Sousa, A. A., Karmaker, C., Rahman, A., Karim, F. and Nigar, N., 2017. The right way to kiss:directionality bias in head-turning during kissing. Scientific Reports, 7, 5398.

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https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-04942-9

Abstract

Humans have a bias for turning to the right in a number of settings. Here we document a bias in head-turning to the right in adult humans, as tested in the act of kissing. We investigated head-turning bias in both kiss initiators and kiss recipients for lip kissing, and took into consideration differences due to sex and handedness, in 48 Bangladeshi heterosexual married couples. We report a significant male bias in the initiation of kissing and a significant bias in head-turning to the right in both kiss initiators and kiss recipients, with a tendency among kiss recipients to match their partners' head-turning direction. These interesting outcomes are explained by the influences of societal learning or cultural norms and the potential neurophysiological underpinnings which together offer novel insights about the mechanisms underlying behavioral laterality in humans.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsKarim, A. K. M. R., Proulx, M. J., de Sousa, A. A., Karmaker, C., Rahman, A., Karim, F. and Nigar, N.
DOI10.1038/s41598-017-04942-9
Uncontrolled Keywordsjournal article
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code56397

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