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

Rezaul Karim, A. K. M, Proulx, M.J, De Sousa, 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). ISSN 2045-2322

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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Keywords: neuroscience, psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > QM Human anatomy
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2017 15:53
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2017 15:53
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/9773
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