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Need a Favor? Talk To My Right Ear

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the bene-gesserit-tricks dept.

Science 288

Hugh Pickens writes "The Telegraph reports that scientists have found that if you want to get someone to do something, ask them in their right ear. Known as the 'right ear advantage,' scientists believe it is because information received through the right ear is processed by the left hand side of the brain which is more logical and better at deciphering verbal information than the right side of the brain. 'Talk into the right ear you send your words into a slightly more amenable part of the brain,' say researchers. The team, led by Dr. Luca Tommasi and Daniele Marzoli from the University of Chieti in central Italy, observed the behavior of hundreds of people in three nightclubs across the city where they intentionally addressed 176 people in either their right or their left ear when asking for a cigarette. They obtained significantly more cigarettes when they made their request in a person's right ear compared with their left. 'These results seem to be consistent with the hypothesized specialization of right and left hemispheres,' say researchers. 'We can also see this tendency when people use the phone, most will naturally hold it to their right ear.'"

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I hold my phone to my right ear (5, Insightful)

KenMcM (1293074) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462755)

...and I thought it was because I was right-handed!

Re:I hold my phone to my right ear (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28462893)

I think you do hold your phone to your right ear because you're right handed. I hold mine to my left because I'm a lefty.

Re:I hold my phone to my right ear (5, Insightful)

NoobixCube (1133473) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462955)

I'm obviously a whack job then. I hold my phone to my left ear because I'm right handed. Doesn't take all that much coordination to hold a phone up, so it's the lesser of two tasks. Job interviews over the phone for example require me to take notes (I can't write legibly with my left hand... or my right if you ask anyone else, but it's all relative...), and it's really more trouble than it's worth to reach across my keyboard and use my mouse with my left hand.

Re:I hold my phone to my right ear (1, Funny)

stephanruby (542433) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463155)

I'm obviously a whack job then. I hold my phone to my left ear because I'm right handed.

Clearly, everybody who disagreed with you thought you were a 'whack job'. That would have certainly explained the need for your right hand.

Re:I hold my phone to my right ear (1, Interesting)

Demena (966987) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463227)

I'm the same. My phone ear is my left ear but I am right handed.

Re:I hold my phone to my right ear (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28463309)

I just use whichever ear isn't being chewed off by the missus.

Re:I hold my phone to my right ear (1)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463317)

I totally agree, I am right handed and always use my left hand for my phone as I prefer to have my right hand free to do all the other things like driving, smoking and drinking (Not all at the same time of course).

Re:I hold my phone to my right ear (1)

Scott Kevill (1080991) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463005)

I hold my phone to my left ear with my left hand, despite being right-handed, and probably always have. This is no surprise as it leaves my right hand free to navigate the mouse or type on the keyboard. Not rocket science.

Re:I hold my phone to my right ear (-1, Redundant)

thesupraman (179040) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463009)

Quite.

As it is easier for right handed people to have a cigarette to someone on their right, this would
make quite a simple answer here also - easily enough to skew statistics.

Of course it is very common these days to ignore other cause/effect possibilities in 'proving' ones
theory.

Re:I hold my phone to my right ear (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28463319)

huh?

I don't listen to anyone... (2, Funny)

NotQuiteReal (608241) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463065)

"Talk to the hand"

Re:I hold my phone to my right ear (1)

garphik (996984) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463115)

Fine if you want to say your logical side is not left, but its mostly because your right side says so ... ;)

Re:I hold my phone to my right ear (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28463117)

I don't have a phone, you insensitive clod

Re:I hold my phone to my right ear (2, Funny)

houghi (78078) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463197)

I am right handed and sometimes hold my phone to my left ear, so my right hand can be occupied in another way. Wait, that sounds gross. Uh, I was, uh, I was talking about writing things down. HONESTLY!

I use a headset. (1, Offtopic)

CFD339 (795926) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463383)

Clearly this is a flawed study. It doesn't take my personal use case into account and therefore has no validity whatsoever. I will, of course, begin to excoriate the authors of the study and make fun of anyone who agrees with it.

Correlation != Causality (2, Insightful)

Meshach (578918) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462757)

Seems like the classic example. More people are right handed then left handed, left handed people are more assertive.. who knows.

Re:Correlation != Causality (1)

RuBLed (995686) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462885)

left handed people are more assertive..

Left handed people like me are not assertive!! Take that back or else...

Re:Correlation != Causality (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28463513)

mod parent up. Most lefties I know (myself included) are not very assertive. The intelligence thing is suspect too.

Then again, I'll take all the free presumed-to-be-enhanced attributes I can get.

Re:Correlation != Causality (2, Funny)

Jurily (900488) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462895)

Seems like the classic example.

Classic in what way? I don't hear requests for cigarettes or change with either ear.

Re:Correlation != Causality (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463345)

Same here, unless they offer to buy a smoke off me. This leads me to think that pissing in someones pocket will elicit more cooperation than talking to either ear.

Re:Correlation != Causality (1)

RicardoFjr (1584567) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462905)

This was taught to me by my SGT Major in the Army, He said if you take to a soldier in the right ear as your going down the squad line the following person sees this and remembers the comment because it becomes repiticious and familiar.

Re:Correlation != Causality (4, Funny)

Jurily (900488) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463057)

if you take to a soldier in the right ear as your going down the squad line

The following person not only remembers it, he's scarred for life.

Re:Correlation != Causality (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28463187)

Fortunately, the title ("Need a Favor? Talk To My Right Ear") only requires correlation to work.

Re:Correlation != Causality (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28463329)

Despite being right-handed, I use my left ear. Whether it is holding my candybar-shaped phone to my left ear, or using a headset on my left ear, I use my left ear.

hoax? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28462759)

this sounds like b.s.

also, most people are right handed, that is why they hold a phone to their right ear.

I see a problem in the analysis (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28462763)

What if you are a lefty? I use my left ear on for the phone.

I'm surprised (2, Interesting)

soundhack (179543) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462771)

this isn't common knowledge by now, I noticed this years ago when I started using cell phones (especially the old analog ones). With a lot of noise, I could hear the person on the other end better if I held the cell phone next to my right ear.

I wonder if handedness has any influence at all?

Re:I'm surprised (1)

calzones (890942) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462807)

Your handedness influences which hand you use for the phone. In this way, you have trained your right ear to pay better attention to crappy noise:signal conversations. Hence your right ear is now better at hearing the spoken word through noise.

Re:I'm surprised (2, Interesting)

johnlcallaway (165670) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463093)

My understanding is that most people have a dominant eye, so why not a dominant ear. I discovered many years ago that when I tuned a guitar, I tended to turn my head to the right and 'listen' with my left ear. I determined it was because I could hear the tones better with my left ear for whatever reason.

My wife just asked why I was typing so fast and furious, so I explained the above comment to her. She said that she too hears better from her right ear than her left hear.

So maybe people just naturally hear better with one ear than the other and are more willing to be helpful to strangers when they understand them better. Granted, this is anecdotal evidence, but that is how theories usually start. I'll leave it to someone with large sums of grant money to prove or disprove it.

Re:I'm surprised (1)

Banzai042 (948220) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462841)

I think it is supposed to come from which side of the brain the ear is primarily connected to, with the right ear being connected to the "logical" side of the brain, while the left ear is connected to the "Creative" side of the brain, so the right ear is better for conversational audio, and the left ear is better for musical type audio.

Re:I'm surprised (1)

Demena (966987) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463245)

Umm... Brocca's area is ONLY on one side of the brain.

Re:I'm surprised (1)

fbjon (692006) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463407)

I find it interesting, then, that orchestras are arranged with the violin sections on the left and lower parts on the right looking from the audience.

Re:I'm surprised (1)

UncleTogie (1004853) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463425)

Works for me.

No, really. I'm mostly deaf, and find I have a much easier time "translating" what I hear if I have the phone to my right ear, rather than the left. According to the audiologists, the loss is roughly equal in both ears, so it's not a matter of it being easier to hear.

Re:I'm surprised (1)

Reziac (43301) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463503)

I'm a little volume-deaf, which screws up hearing speech (I hear the words but they don't mean anything). I definitely hear better on the phone with my LEFT ear, which seems to have a different *range* of deafness than my right. My right is more sensitive to other sounds but hears *speech* less-clearly, at least on the phone.

[scratching head] Maybe I'm just put together backwards?? damned Chinese directions...

Cerebral Cortex. (1)

Korey Kaczor (1345661) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462781)

While this does sound interesting, wouldn't the cerebral cortex allow both sides of the brain to share the incoming data of a request, and then make a logical decision?

Re:Cerebral Cortex. (1)

Korey Kaczor (1345661) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462795)

Wait, wait, nonono.I meant the corpus callosum. Not cerebral cortex. Argh, no edit feature for slashdot!

Re:Cerebral Cortex. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28463265)

I did that once.

Unconvinced (4, Insightful)

dexmachina (1341273) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462791)

Correct the data for laterality (right hand preference in majority of the population), then maybe the results will be interesting. Even then, the explanation is bull. Unlike sight, the auditory system doesn't work cross-hemispherically. Sound from the right side is carried by the auditory nerve into the right portion of the temporal lobe.

Re:Unconvinced (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28462879)

Yes, I'm sure the scientists who conducted never bothered to look up how audio is introduced to the brain. I'm sure you're much smarter and better learned on the subject matter compared with them, just like every other /. genius who manages in two seconds flat to come up with exactly why a study is flawed despite it being outside of their area of expertise.

Re:Unconvinced (4, Interesting)

dexmachina (1341273) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463027)

I don't know about the scientists in question, but I am a science major with classes in psych and neuroscience. Yes, I was simplifying. One of the other repliers to my original post explains it in a bit more detail. I make no claim to be smarter or more learned than anyone. In fact, without seeing the actual paper it's hard to tell if the contralateral explanation is even given by the actual authors- it's in the article intro after the vague "Scientists say..." leader, so it could just be BS on the part of the journalist.

Ironic that in a post railing against jumping to conclusions, you know nothing about me and yet in two seconds flat come to the conclusion that I couldn't possibly know what I'm talking about.

Re:Unconvinced (4, Insightful)

Cassius Corodes (1084513) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463037)

I think if editors actually linked to the journal paper in question rather than a second hand source a lot of this nonsense could be avoided.

Re:Unconvinced (2, Funny)

Panzor (1372841) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462923)

>Unlike sight, the auditory system doesn't work cross-hemispherically.

This article just got owned. No more comments needed.

Re:Unconvinced (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28463209)

Except for the fact that the auditory system most certainly works bilaterally. The parent is wrong -- auditory fibers decussate while still in the brainstem before projecting to the medial geniculate.

Re:Unconvinced (1)

cybin (141668) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462929)

precisely my first thought when i read this post -- the auditory system works in "fields" much like the visual system - it's contralateral and ipsilateral.

who knows why the right ear thing gave them those results... seems rather shallow. would the same be true if we asked participants to close their left eye and look at a beer? how many of those beers would get consumed? :)

incidentally, the cigarette thing throws a whole other problem into the equation -- addiction and alcohol. if you ask someone at 7pm for a smoke, are they more or less likely to give one to you than at 1am when they've had 4+ drinks?

guess i'll have to read the study! :)

-m

Re:Unconvinced (3, Insightful)

Virtual_Raider (52165) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463119)

Correct the data for laterality (right hand preference in majority of the population), then maybe the results will be interesting. Even then, the explanation is bull. Unlike sight, the auditory system doesn't work cross-hemispherically. Sound from the right side is carried by the auditory nerve into the right portion of the temporal lobe.

What if it doesn't have to do with which ear is connected to what side of the brain but it is instead a visual cue (which is brain-sided) being picked up upon? If I stando to your right to talk to you, I might be having a psychological impact rather than a mechanical one.

What irritates me about so many of these types of research is that they seem to assume as a given that only because they concentrate in one part of a system this narrow focus automagically translates into isolation of the subject. How can you account for any other influences? Even if the subject is blind-folded, if the examiner is close enough the subject could still perceive the body heat. What if they wear ear phones with the balance tilted to the right or left, how do you account for the psychological factor of hearing on your preferred side over a purely mechanical explanation?

I think the phenomenon is interesting and worth studying, but the conclusion seems pretty suspect IMHO.

Re:Unconvinced (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28463169)

That is incorrect. The ascending fibers from the cochlear nuclei have decussating and non-decussating fiber bundles. The 'auditory nerve [sic]' is a far more complicated circuit than your post suggests.

Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28462801)

So that's where the term "Right hand" and "Right hand man comes from? :D

Re:It comes from (1)

nausea_malvarma (1544887) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462833)

The high frequency of right-handedness and the resulting cultural bias that associates right hands with what is proper and good. If it were named after this phenomenon, the term would be "right ear man".

Re:It comes from (1)

walshy007 (906710) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463695)

Indeed, I am quite proud to be sinister (left)

Re:Anonymous Coward (1)

BluBrick (1924) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463033)

So that's where the term "Right hand" and "Right hand man comes from? :D

Uh, no. If someone is your right hand man, he's on your right hand side and would generally have his left closer to you, not his right.

Re:Anonymous Coward (1)

Itninja (937614) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463067)

Not if he was looking over your right shoulder! ZING!

Re:Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28463377)

Yes but he is giving YOU advice into your right ear so you like the right guy better. If he doesnt do what is said into his left ear you fire him and promote lefty.

Re:Anonymous Coward (1)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463333)

No, "right hand man" comes from someone who needs to wash their right tube socks much more often than others.

Yes. Ewwwww.

Corpus Callosum (1)

Korey Kaczor (1345661) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462805)

While this does sound interesting, wouldn't the corpus callosum allow both sides of the brain to share the incoming data of a request, and then make a logical decision?

Re:Corpus Callosum (3, Informative)

cybin (141668) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462953)

indeed, the corpus callosum does connect the two hemispheres -- but remember, not everything in the brain is "active" -- much of it is passive, and it's not just "excitatory" -- it's also inhibitory. a lot of the signals on one side do not get routed to the other, to use a computer term.

at the same time, remember that the left-brain/right-brain stuff is pop psychology. one simple scientific finding, that language is primarily left-lateralized, got turned into this gigantic thing that just isn't true or in any way demonstrable.

Re:Corpus Callosum (1)

Korey Kaczor (1345661) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462999)

I agree it's mostly pop psychology, thus why I think this article's finding is suspect.

Double Blind? (5, Insightful)

twoshortplanks (124523) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462815)

This article suggests that the experiments were conducted by the very people who were proposing the hypothesis. That's not very scientific - this should have been double blind. Any number of factors can effect the success rate of getting the cigarettes - including if the researchers believed they were likely to be more successful.

Re:Double Blind? (1)

nausea_malvarma (1544887) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462845)

True. If you believed your hypothesis was correct, you might subconsciously alter the way you spoke that would alter the results. Sounds like a self fulfilling prophecy to me.

Re:Double Blind? (4, Interesting)

Miseph (979059) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462933)

That also strikes me as a terribly unscientific test... even in Italy, not everyone smokes, and even the ones who do may be out of cigarettes or in a location not conducive to smoking. did they also record the number of people who gave logical, but negative (ie. "I don't have any"), responses? What if they didn't ask for cigarettes until the end of the night, so they were in short supply?

What if people just got sick of them mooching and said no out of spite? As a former smoker, I can reasonably state that most are pretty generous to a point, but once you cross it they run out of sympathy very quickly... bumming cigarettes off of everyone you see can get you to that point very quickly.

Did they make sure to get an even mix of responses for males asking males, males asking females, females asking females and females asking males? Did they make sure not to have the person asking in left ears be the one with no social skills and bad breath? When I was a smoker, a cute girl had a MUCH better shot at getting a cigarette from me than, say, some whiny dude... given that this was done at nightclubs, and what many people actually go to nightclubs to (attemp to) do, this is actually a pretty major consideration that I somehow doubt they took into consideration.

And what the hell is with that sample size? 176 people? You went to 3 Italian nightclubs and could only find 176 smokers to ask for cigarettes between them? At least pretend you're trying to gather a statistically significant number of responses.

I'm not necessarily sure that they shouldn't have run any experiments simply because it is their hypothesis... but if they're going to claim some sort of success for it then they certainly need a better experiment than asking people for cigarettes at a nightclub. Honestly though, if nobody ever did scientists to test their own hypotheses, we'd probably still be in the Aristotelian phase of scientific concept.

Re:Double Blind? (1)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463091)

What if they didn't ask for cigarettes until the end of the night, so they were in short supply?

Wouldn't this affect both ears equally? (Unless the scientists did something terribly stupid, such as asking into the right ear in the beginning of the night, and into the left ear at the end of the night)

bumming cigarettes off of everyone you see can get you to that point very quickly.

Again, easy to control for, by making sure you randomize which ear to use over time.

Did they make sure to get an even mix of responses for males asking males, males asking females, females asking females and females asking males? Did they make sure not to have the person asking in left ears be the one with no social skills and bad breath?

Unless they "assigned" a specific ear to each person asking, this should not matter.

Not enough data (1, Insightful)

tiger32kw (1236584) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462825)

176 people... How is that enough to put the data up to more than just coincidence? Repeat the experiment 10 more times, then it might be a little more credible.

Re:Not enough data (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28462941)

Generally 176 is a sufficiently large sample for statistical purposes. There are methods to calculate how likely it is that the observed differences weren't just random luck. In other words, you can calculate the chance of getting the observed results when there is no real difference. When this chance (called a p-value) is low (one common significance level is 5%), you can conclude that it wasn't just luck and another factor was at work.

More stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypothesis_test

Re:Not enough data (1)

troubbble (1314525) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463011)

But more importantly, sample size is irrelevant when working with poorly collected data.

Re:Not enough data (5, Insightful)

SashaMan (263632) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463079)

Ugg, how is it that the parent is modded down but the GP is modded insightful? The GP is basically just saying "well, that doesn't feel like enough to me", while the parent points out accurately that it very easy to determine what the probability is that the results are due to chance. Since the article states that the researchers obtained "significantly" more cigarettes, I'm assuming that this is at least based on the common level of 5%. You can have a small sample size that is highly statistically significant if the skew is large enough. Unfortunately, even on slashdot, most people don't understand statistics.

That said, hypothesis testing just determines the probability that the results are NOT due to chance. Thus, it's totally possible that the results are due to something different that what the researchers propose - maybe they were just friendlier when asking from the right side.

Re:Not enough data (3, Insightful)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463349)

The parent is modded down because it's a Anon Cow post, and most mods seem to mod/read with their normal reading hiddens turned on. Chances are that it's simply not being looked at enough yet to get modded up. Having said that, as the parent of this is a +5 already, those mods should be modding the parent up as well.

Well! Get on the case boobs!

Re:Not enough data (4, Insightful)

Ma8thew (861741) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463673)

The extent of most Slashdot users statistics knowledge is to scream 'Correlation is not causation' at any science story. This might have something to do with the fact that anyone who uses the phrase is instantly modded +5 Insightful, but then again, correlation is not causation.

Actually makes some sense but the headline is bad (1)

Banzai042 (948220) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462829)

This does line up with a topic in a similar vein I heard about a few years ago, essentially saying that the right ear is better for processing vocal type audio and the left ear is better for processing music type audio, because each ear is primarily connected to either the logical or creative side of the brain respectively. Really the headline should say "Want someone to understand what you're saying? Talk in their right ear"

I don't know how accurate this theory really is, but it doesn't sound as implausible to me as some others seem to think

not quite the same (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462859)

"Talk to the hand" seems a bit more catchy, though.

great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28462867)

good

phew... it wasn't my sexual prowess after all (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28462881)

I just sleep on the wrong side of the bed!

I don't think that's true (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28462889)

My desk is set up so that my teammates are always on my right, but it's just as hard to remember what they say, as it was when they were on my left.

Now, if they use that fancy 'Trac' thingy we have and create some 'tickets'... That would make it easy.

Alternate explanation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28462945)

Who is to say this has anything to do with appealing to the "more logical" side of the brain? A more plausible explanation to me is that most people are right handed. When you ask them in their left ear, you are infringing on the space of their weaker, more vulnerable side, making them uncomfortable and less receptive. When you ask them into their right ear, they feel more in control, and willing to give you a smoke.

Personal Insight (1)

longhairedgnome (610579) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462969)

Several years ago I went shooting with a Mosin Nagant carbine and was foolish enough not to bring hearing protection... 120 rounds
later my ears still ring to this day, I'd have to guesstimate my hearing loss in my right ear about 25% I haven't been able to afford to have
it tested. Bring hearing protection when you shoot!

Re:Personal Insight (1)

longhairedgnome (610579) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463007)

Sorry, didn't really finish that thought, whoopsies!

from the bene-gesserit-tricks dept. (2, Funny)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462977)

At least this one is nicer than the brain melting suffered from the ones that read the Dune prequels.

That's funny (1)

steve.howard (988489) | more than 5 years ago | (#28462997)

I'm deaf in my right ear, I must be tight-fisted. ;)

The only good thing about this study... (1)

yourassOA (1546173) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463001)

is the picture of the hot chick talking in the dudes ear. Other than that this is completely bogus. I'm ambidextrous wrap your puny mind around that.

Advisers to the right, losers to the left (4, Funny)

BlackSabbath (118110) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463015)

This is why successful leaders tend to prefer advice from their "right hand man". Who listens to their "left hand man"? No one - that's who!

Re:Advisers to the right, losers to the left (2, Funny)

IBBoard (1128019) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463763)

Does that mean that Christianity has nothing to worry about, because no-one is ever going to listen to that devil who sits on their left shoulder? ;)

hmmmm.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28463073)

Next time you ask her to go down...

what if? (1)

jessejay356 (625312) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463087)

I never use my right ear to listen to people, or talk on the phone. Does that make me the boss? No, just like steve.howard I'm mostly deaf in my right ear!

Right ear ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28463123)

Right ear ? Which ear is that ? I use my left had to hold my phone and put it to my left ear. That is what I see most ppl doing.

The Voice of (1)

JustOK (667959) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463141)

Hallucinations typically come from behind and to the right.

Which ear I use on my phone depends on which is closer to the person on the other end.

dextrocardia (3, Interesting)

robinesque (977170) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463185)

My girlfriend is left handed, BUT she has dextrocardia, a condition in which her heart is on the left side of her chest. Her liver is also mirrored. Persons with this condition often show mirroring in all of their organs, including the brain. She talks with the phone against her left ear...which I suppose would make sense according to this study.

Seriously? (1)

glwtta (532858) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463211)

'We can also see this tendency when people use the phone, most will naturally hold it to their right ear.'

Right, that couldn't possibly have anything to do with the fact that most people are right handed, could it?

this is science? (1)

onionlee (836083) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463225)

'We can also see this tendency when people use the phone, most will naturally hold it to their right ear.' thats because most of the world is right handed.

Re:this is science? (1)

belg4mit (152620) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463277)

No, because a ration right-handed person would use their *left-hand*
so that they could multi-task without an awkward crook in their neck.

want a favor from a linux bitch? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28463239)

fuck them up the ass. they love being fucked in the ass. bunch of faggot linux users.

Riiiight... (2, Insightful)

Fizzl (209397) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463267)

The method wasn't very scientificy, sample size was small and they skewed the results by "knowing" what kind of results they want.
I would have invented way more elaborate scheme to get an excuse to blow my grant money to nightclubbin

Re:Riiiight... (1)

Fizzl (209397) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463289)

Oh and the image on the article is 120% superfluous. Fucking /. 2.0.14.b1.

Don't got one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28463379)

I'm deaf in one ear, you insensitive clod!

Old old news. (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463381)

That news is so old, I read about it in a magazine in 2002. And back then, it was said that it had been know for a long time.

It makes sense (1)

dropzonetoe (1167883) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463385)

My wife has always slept with that ear away from me.... Now I know why. Any tips on getting a spouse to swap sides of the bed :)

Hand Solo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28463421)

You know you want this...
http://www.handsolomobile.com/

-Merv

Now I know! (1)

Cyphax (262239) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463495)

So basically the surgeons, after taking out most of my inner ear due to a nasty inner ear infection, turned me into a jerk seeing as how I have hardly any hearing left in my right ear. Thanks for this article, now I can sue them, seeing as how it's their fault I have no friends.

whether or not this is true (4, Interesting)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463635)

it puts this story in hilarious contrast:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article3817270.ece [timesonline.co.uk]

If you're thinking of asking your beloved to marry you, make sure that you utter your declaration of love into his or her left ear; it may increase your chances of hearing a heart-lifting "yes". New research suggests that declarations of love, jokes, or words of anger are best remembered when they are heard through the left ear, while instructions, directions and non-emotional messages have more impact on the right side.

It is all to do with how our brains process information. Although the left and right hemispheres, or sides, of the brain are similar structures, they have specialised functions. The left side, it is suggested, is more logic-based and dominant, while the right is the more imaginative side, more visual, intuitive, emotional and spatially aware. Because the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body, the left ear has been shown in some research to be the route to the emotional side of the brain, and the right ear to the non-emotional, logical side.

i don't know how true all of this is, but there's all sorts of anecdotes like this

for example: women usually have their left breast a little larger than their right breast. regardless of which is larger, and regardless of handedness, women, and all simians in fact, and even breastless fathers, tend to hold their babies with their right arms to their left breast. this places the babies head on the left side of the body, putting the baby closer to the left side sensory inputs, which are governed by the right side of the brain, the more emotional side, thus establishing more of an emotional bond

so i don't know about all this ear stuff, but there seems to be something, at best subtle, that is real about side preference and emotions and logic

then i must be a fucking genius (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28463737)

because i can use a cellphone with both hands.

who knew?

Logic and giving away cigarettes? (1)

IBBoard (1128019) | more than 5 years ago | (#28463769)

I guess they were in a night club, which somewhat affects logic, but they say:

the left hand side of the brain which is more logical and better at deciphering verbal information

and then say:

They obtained significantly more cigarettes when they made their request in a person's right ear compared with their left.

What part of giving away one of your cigarettes to some cheap-ass bum who can't afford their own is logical? Unless, I guess, they had a hot woman asking guys, at which point they'll be hoping that a simple cigarette now leads to the need for more later...

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