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Face’s Left Side More Attractive Than Its Right Side, Study Shows: Which is your better side? New research shows that the left side of the human face is generally more appealing to others than the right side–which may help explain why portraitists tend to paint their subjects’ left profiles. For the study, published in the journal Experimental Brain Research, Wake Forest University psychology professor Dr. James Schirillo and his co-author, Kelsey Blackburn, asked 37 male and female college students to rate photos of 10 male and 10 female faces. The photos were presented as originally taken and in mirror image form, so that right cheeks appeared to be left cheeks, and vice versa, Dr. Schirillo told The Huffington Post in an email.

What happened? Photos showing the left sides of faces were rated more “pleasant” than those showing right sides–no matter whether the portraits were shown as taken originally or in mirror-reversed form.…

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