Good and bad in the hands of politicians: Spontaneous gestures during positive and negative speech
Casasanto, D., & Jasmin, K.
Good and bad in the hands of politicians: Spontaneous gestures during positive and negative speech. PLoS ONE, 5
(7), E11805. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0011805.
According to the body-specificity hypothesis, people with different bodily characteristics should form correspondingly different mental representations, even in highly abstract conceptual domains. In a previous test of this proposal, right- and left-handers were found to associate positive ideas like intelligence, attractiveness, and honesty with their dominant side and negative ideas with their non-dominant side. The goal of the present study was to determine whether ‘body-specific’ associations of space and valence can be observed beyond the laboratory in spontaneous behavior, and whether these implicit associations have visible consequences.