Are Your Values Right or Left? The Answer Is More Literal Than You Think

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M.C. Escher, "Drawing Hands", 1948.

ScienceDaily reports:

Up equals good, happy, optimistic; down the opposite. Right is honest and trustworthy. Left, not so much. That’s what language and culture tell us. “We use mental metaphors to structure our thinking about abstract things,” says psychologist Daniel Casasanto, “One of those metaphors is space.”But we don’t all think right is right, Casasanto has found. Rather, “people associate goodness with the side they can act more fluently on.” Right-handed people prefer the product, job applicant, or extraterrestrial positioned to their right. Lefties march to a left-handed drummer. And those linguistic tropes? They probably “enshrine the preferences of the right-handed majority.”

Casasanto, of The New School for Social Research, and Evangelia G. Chrysikou, of the University of Pennsylvania, wanted to find the causes of these correlations. Does motor experience “give rise to these preferences, or are they hardwired in the brain?” If the former, “how flexible are these preferences? How much motor experience does it take” to instill them?

Their surprising findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

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  • greengestalt

    I reject both “Left” and “Right”.

    In the past, they might have been a study of social values and behavior, an attempt to categorize them. Now, the media and the reptile controllers have turned them both into a “Divide and Conquer” puppet show, both a cartoony extreme version designed just to “Keep the lower classes fighting”.

    For instance, Illegal immigration. The left goes along with the media of giving them rights who cares they are used to make sure labor doesn’t have a leg left to stand on. The right, though a fringe is racist and murderous, mostly agree with it fantasizing they’ll someday be rich enough to use scab illegals themselves. Both philosophies fight but ultimately support the center.

  • Anonymous

    I reject both “Left” and “Right”.

    In the past, they might have been a study of social values and behavior, an attempt to categorize them. Now, the media and the reptile controllers have turned them both into a “Divide and Conquer” puppet show, both a cartoony extreme version designed just to “Keep the lower classes fighting”.

    For instance, Illegal immigration. The left goes along with the media of giving them rights who cares they are used to make sure labor doesn’t have a leg left to stand on. The right, though a fringe is racist and murderous, mostly agree with it fantasizing they’ll someday be rich enough to use scab illegals themselves. Both philosophies fight but ultimately support the center.

  • Anonymous

    Hm. I’m abidextrous. Perhaps this explains why I think Right and Left are equally stupid.

  • quartz99

    Hm. I’m abidextrous. Perhaps this explains why I think Right and Left are equally stupid.

  • Anarchy Wolf

    Guh wabba who?

  • Anarchy Pony

    Guh wabba who?

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