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Posing for a photo? Show your left cheek!

Posing for a photo? Show your left cheek!

(ePharmaNews) – Though it may be unusual for a woman to be told that one of her cheeks is better looking than the other, a new study has confirmed that the left side of the face is more attractive in general, and this probably explains why artists have tended to paint people’s portraits from the left side to show their subjects off to the best.

The new study, which was published in Experimental Brain Research, has shown that the left side of the face is more beautiful than the right side, due to the ability of left muscles to create more intense and emotional expressions according to researchers from Wake Forest University.

The authors explain: "Our results suggest that posers' left cheeks tend to exhibit a greater intensity of emotion, which observers find more aesthetically pleasing. Our findings provide support for a number of concepts – the notions of lateralized emotion and right hemispheric dominance with the right side of the brain controlling the left side of the face during emotional expression." The researcher here is referring to the fact that the right side of the brain, which controls the muscles of the left part of body, is more dominant when it comes to expressing emotions.

Researchers collected gray-scale photographs of many men and women; they displayed the photos to the study participants and asked them to point out the beautiful side of the face. Most participants chose the left side of the body, even though the participants did not know which side they were choosing because some photos were mirror-reversed!
Moreover, the results were confirmed by measurements of eye pupil size, a reliable unconscious measurement of interest.
Eye pupils dilate in response to more interesting stimulations – here more pleasant-looking faces, and constrict when looking at unpleasant images.
It is worth mentioning that many studies have noted differences in evaluating the beauty of symmetrical parts of the body, which means that humans' sense of beauty is more delicate than the general concept of symmetry!

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Prepared by: Basel AlJunaidy
Translated by: Awss Zidan

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