NCBI ROFL: Human left-sided cradling preferences for dogs.

By ncbi rofl | February 23, 2011 7:00 pm

“Photographs of men and women holding dogs were analyzed for side-holding preferences. A significant majority of women in dog-themed magazines held dogs on their left sides, similar to reports of women holding infants. Men did not show the same left-sided preference, which is also consistent with other studies. The implications of these results for various hypotheses about infant cradling behavior were discussed.”







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  • Matt B.

    Do they mean that the head was on the left side? I’m pretty sure the whole animal or baby is centered. I have no idea what my own preference is in holding cats, but I do know I don’t cradle babies at all; I put them over my shoulder.


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