If you’re thinking of asking your beloved to marry you, make sure that you utter your declaration of love into his or her left ear. New research suggests that declarations of love, jokes, or words of anger are best remembered when they are heard through the left ear. Instructions, directions and non-emotional messages, on the other hand, have more impact on the right side.
It has to do with how your brain processes information. Although the left and right hemispheres of the brain are similar structures, they have specialized functions. The left side is more logic-based and dominant, while the right is the more imaginative side.
Since the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body, and vice-versa the left ear has been shown in some research to be the route to the emotional side of the brain, and the right ear to the non-emotional, logical side.
The right eye has also been shown to be best for processing colors, and the right foot is the most vulnerable to tickling. The left cheek is the more favorable one to kiss, and the left side is the favored one for holding babies. Support for the idea comes from a number of psychological and brain scanning studies, and from research based on patients with brain injuries.
Your brain is an amazing piece of equipment. That three-pound mass of gray and white matter between your ears is the most complex object in the known universe, containing as many neurons as there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy.
Scientists are still working out exactly how your brain works.
But years of science seem to bear out that the right brain and the left brain serve different functions — and much of your mental ability is dependent on the ways in which they interact.
Left brain functions include:
- Words and language
- Math and science
- Order/pattern perception
While your right brain is responsible for:
- Symbols and images
- Philosophy and religion
- Spatial perception
The right hemisphere is more involved in the processing of jokes, so humor may be funnier when it comes in through your left ear. Some 70 to 85 percent of women cradle their babies on the left, regardless of whether they are left-handed or right-handed, because it may help them to better understand their child’s emotional needs.
The scent of flowers may have more impact on the left nostril, and you remember pictures better if you see them through your left eye. Most people look to the right when thinking about language-related questions, but look to the left when thinking about the spatial questions. This is thought to result from the different sides of your brain processing different information.
It can be interesting to find out whether you’re primarily “right-brained” or “left-brained”, and it can tell you a great deal about your personality — whether you lean towards being verbal and logical, or emotional and intuitive.