Want Someone to Do Something for You? Asking in their Right Ear is More Effective
By Brian Vaszily, Founder of IntenseExperiences.com
Well this is interesting. And useful.
Raising my son, who is eighteen now, and my stepdaughter, who is seventeen, I actually noticed a long time ago that they seemed to pay more attention when I requested something to their right ear versus their left.
For example, I’d only have to ask them three or four times to take out the garbage or clear off the table into their right ear. It never seemed to work at all in their left ear ... nor straight at their face, for that matter.
I always wondered if I’d see a study on this. I also always wondered why I noticed such things in the first place ... but that’s another story.
Now a series of studies by Dr. Luca Tommasi and Daniele Marzoli from the University "Gabriele d'Annunzio" in Chieti, Italy, have demonstrated that people prefer to be addressed into their right ear.
Furthermore, people are more likely to do what is requested of them if the request is delivered into their right ear versus their left!
According to the research, this is because of our right brain / left brain hemispheres; the left hemisphere of human brains, commonly known as the analytic side versus the creative and more abstract right side, is superior for processing verbal information. Sound going in the right ear processes in the left side of the brain and vice-versa, so it makes sense that verbal requests in the right ear are more likely to be heard and carried out.
According to the study's authors, "Our studies corroborate the idea of a common ancestry - in humans and other species - of lateralized behavior during social interactions, not only for species-specific vocal communication, but also for affective responses."
I'm sure there's an easier way of saying whatever the heck they're saying.☺
But more important are the potential applications of their findings!
For example, want to have a better chance of persuading your spouse to go out for dinner, or finally clean out the garage?
Aim your request at his or her right ear!
You’ll be making requests of other people for the rest of your life ... so now you know which ear to aim those requests at.
And speaking of requests, I have one to ask of you. BUT please close your left eye as you read this, because I’ll bet you're more likely to carry out requests you read with your right eye, too:
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Thanks. You can open your left eye now. ☺
(See the Right Ear Study abstract here.)