Your Left Side Is More Photogenic

Shannon Farrell
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I can’t count how many times I’ve had a friend ask me to switch sides with her in a picture because I’m covering her good side. Well it seems that this claim isn’t as bizarre as I’ve always found.

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Research from a new study at Wake Forest University reveals that your left is actually your better side. The study involved volunteers rating sides of the face in pictures. Viewing original photos and mirror-reversed images, participants preferred the left side regardless.

The authors of the study believe that the left side was rated as more aesthetically pleasing because we show greater emotion on that side of the face. The right side of the brain controls the left side of the face and how much it responds to emotional expression.

Taking photos with your girlfriends will never be the same again. Will you be fighting for the left side of the picture?

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