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Feelings determine from which side we hug each other

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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.

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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.

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Couples with a good sex life are more likely to cheat, finds a study

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Having great sex life in a relationship has been considered one of the most important factors as that would stop either partner becoming unfaithful. But a new research has found that having a good sex life only is not enough for partners as it may make one’s partner more likely to stray.

Researchers at the University of Florida assessed how newly married couples reacted to other people and found those with active sex lives were more likely to want sex with others

The team documented their sex satisfaction then monitored their interactions with others.

The researchers also found men with a more-attractive wife were less likely to cheat than women with a more-attractive husband . The authors said this sex difference is “consistent with evidence that partner attractiveness to men than it is to women”.

“With the advent of social media, and thus the increased availability of and access to alternative partners, understanding how people avoid the temptation posed by alternative partners may be more relevant than ever to understanding relationships,” the authors said.

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They found that participants who quickly stopped looking at an attractive person were less likely to have affairs during the course of the study. The difference in the length of time of the gaze between ‘cheaters’ and ‘faithful’ people was just fractions of a second.

A person who looked at an attractive person for just a few hundred milliseconds longer was 50 per cent more likely to cheat than someone who stopped looking at the attractive picture.

As well as avoiding looking longingly at others, researchers found that faithful people also ‘downgraded’ how attractive they viewed others.

The authors say that faithful people — when asked to evaluate how good looking other people were — gave lower scores than people who went on to cheat.

At a time when potential romantic partners on social media that could tempt someone to stray is high, the authors say their research is more relevant than ever further suggesting that people who really enjoy good sex are more likely to be unfaithful because they seek out sex with more partners.

Younger people were also more likely to cheat. And men who had previously had lots of short-term sexual partners were also more likely to have an affair, although the opposite was true of women.

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