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    Political Body Language: Left Vs. Right

    An analysis of body language in the last two sets of presidential debates reveals that the candidates — two right-handers in 2004, two lefties in 2008 — used their dominant hands for gestures while they were making a positive statement, and relied more frequently on their nondominant side when making a negative statement.

    The findings of the Dutch study support the "body-specific hypothesis," which links the content of our minds to the structure of our bodies. They also confirm prior work in the laboratory showing that individuals link their dominant side with positive things – like intelligence, goodness – while associating their nondominant side with more negative attributes.

    The last two U.S. presidential elections offered an unprecedented opportunity to test this theory with regard to speech and body language, said Daniel Casasanto of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, in the Netherlands. In 2004, two righties, George W. Bush and John Kerry, squared off; then, four years later, two lefties, Barack Obama and John McCain, faced one another. [Read The History of Obama's Handedness.]

    "It is as if history wanted us to do this study," said Casasanto, a cognitive scientist who is also an assistant professor at the New School for Social Research, in New York.
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    They also confirm prior work in the laboratory showing that individuals link their dominant side with positive things – like intelligence, goodness – while associating their nondominant side with more negative attributes.
    More-or-less backing up the 'right-hand-path'/'left-hand-path' philosophical/religious divide in peoples predominantly right-handed - or from the latin root: dexterous, while the left-handed have the more dubious root: sinistrous.

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