Chernoff Faces, perhaps the most human way of presenting statistical data— the method was invented by Herman Chernoff, thus the name— gained extra expression in this later paper by Bernhard Flury and Hans Riedwyl: “Graphical Representation of Multivariate Data by Means of Asymmetrical Faces.” Bernhard Flury and Hans Riedwyl, Journal of the American Statistical Association, […]
Untrained modern youths and ancient masters in self(ie) portraits
What do modern youths and ancient masters have in common? One possible commonality is they way they depict themselves in self portraits – specifically whether they tend to prefer giving preference to their left cheek or the right one. “[…] a set of selfies and wefies by modern youths reveals comparable biases to self-portraits and […]
Delivering sarcasm? Which ear to use?
Q. If you’re going to make a sarcastic remark to someone, which of their ears should be targeted to elicit the swiftest response? As a result of a recent experimental study, a research team from the Department of Psychology, Washburn University, US, the Department of Psychology, University of Kansas, US, and the Department of Psychology, […]
Artists and their difficulties with gaits
Even the most accomplished artists sometimes have difficulty in accurately portraying human anatomy. Paul Cezzane, for instance, had trouble with hands (examples    ). Another persistently tricky area is highlighted (or, if you prefer, highlit) by Professor Julian Meltzoff of La Jolla, California,in a recent article for Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the […]
Laterality in Canine Cradling
Scenario: You are cradling a dog. Do you hold it on your left side or on your right side? This question has recently been studied in detail by Professor Ernest L. Abel, Ph.D., of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Department of Psychology, at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. The professor scoured a series […]
Kissing Inclinations, Amsterdam
“…what happens if a person who prefers to kiss with the head turned to the right attempts to kiss a person who prefers to kiss with the head turned to the left.“? This potentially awkward social situation is the subject of a new scientific analysis from researchers at the MOVE Research Institute based at Vrije […]
Tentacled-ness in octopuses?
So far as we’re aware, the project described in this July 2008 Scientific American report is the only one to even claim to investigate the question of handedness, or tentacled-ness, in octopuses, or octopi. In an attempt to find out if octopuses are right- or left-handed, er, tentacled, scientists from the Sea Life Center in […]