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Feelings determine from which side we hug each other

Raghu Kshitiz



Feelings determine from which side we hug each other. representational image

Hugs are part of social interactions between humans since birth and the nature of interaction determine from which side you hug others. We hug when we are sad or afraid, or simply when saying hello.

A new study, carried by Ruhr-University Bochum, has observed the importance of feelings in the manner you hug – the side from which you hug and which hand will be on top during the embrace.

“We wanted to know if hug-related behaviour is affected by the emotional context of the give situation,” explains lead author Julian Packheiser. “We wanted to know if a hug-related behaviour is affected by the emotional context of the given situation”.

The study, published in the journal Psychological Research, also demonstrated that the embrace can be based on the participant’s handedness and footedness.

Packheiser added that the team was curious if motor characteristics such as handedness determine the “lateralisation of the embrace”.

For te study, the researchers studied more than 2,500 hugs to determine the nature of positive and affectionate hugs. In order to study neutral embraces, they analysed around 500 clips of actors who offered blindfolded hugs to strangers on the street.

After thorough research, they determined that most people show a preference for right-sided hugs. Also, it emerged that left-sided hugs can occur in positive as well as negative situations.

Packheiser explained, “This is because of the influence of the right hemisphere, which controls the left side of the body and processes both positive and negative emotions,” adding, “When people hug, emotional and motor networks in the brain interact and cause a stronger drift to the left in emotional contexts”.

Subsequently, researchers asked 120 participants to hug a mannequin to investigate the influence of handedness and footedness. The participants were made to listen to various positive, negative, and neutral short stories on headphones.

Packheiser inferred that right-handed people tend to hug the other person from the right side, much more often than left-handed people.

Embraces between two men came out as an oddity, according to the research. The researchers observed a strong left-hand drift, even in neutral situations.

With Agency Inputs

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team





KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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