Scenario: You are cradling a dog. Do you hold it on your left side or on your right side?

The professor scoured a series of photographs of men and women holding dogs in dog-themed magazines. The pictures were analyzed for apparent side-holding preferences. It was found that the side-holding preferences varied – with correlations according to the gender of the dog-cradler.

"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 study: Human left-sided cradling preferences for dogs is published in the journal Psychological Reports : Volume 107, Issue 1, August 2010, pp. 336-338.

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