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Study finds infant mammals prefer to stay on the right side of mum, literally

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Ingram, JS, Study finds infant mammals prefer to stay on the right side of mum, literally, UTAS Communications and Media, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia, 10 January 2017 (2017) [Media Interview]


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Abstract

Human and primate mothers prefer to cradle their babies in their left arms, a strong bias explained by the dominance of the right hemisphere of the brain in social processing. Signals from the left eye are received by the right half of the brain, so the left side bias allows for the most effective monitoring of visual cues such as facial expressions and supports mother-infant bonding. This left side preference has now been studied for the first time in the mother-infant interactions of 11 different species of free ranging marine and terrestrial mammals.

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Item Type:Media Interview
Keywords:mammals infant laterality mother left side
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Terrestrial Ecology
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of environments not elsewhere classified
Author:Ingram, JS (Ms Janeane Ingram)
ID Code:118402
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2017-07-11
Last Modified:2017-07-12
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