Interpersonal choice: The advantage on the left or on the right?

Xueru Zhao, Xianyou He, Wei Zhang, Guangyao Chen, Qing Chen, Lixiang Huang
Published Online:
21 Sep 2016
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 53 Issue 5

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This study explored whether body specificity unconsciously influenced preferences for certain people. Participants were presented pictures of the heads of 2 persons who were described as having the similar personality, profession and family background. They were instructed to choose 1 in each pair as the preferred date, preferred friend, more charismatic boss or as the better national leader. The results showed body specificity had an influence on the selection preference on first impression. Participants tended to choose the character on their dominant‐hand side. This study not only provided the first social psychological evidence for the body‐specificity hypothesis, but also first demonstrated a role for body specificity in impression formation and selection preference.

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