Source-ANI: A firm handshake, which some might think is rather old-fashioned, can still help to seal a deal, researchers say.
According to researchers, the gesture can reinforce positive impressions and even undo bad ones.
The claim comes from a team at the University of Illinois in the US that scanned the brains of 18 people who watched footage of businessmen meeting for the first time. Important areas of the brain responded to seeing the handshakes, with Dr Sanda Dolcos saying that the results showed the gesture had “a positive impact.”
In addition, the nucleus accumbens—a region of the brain that is sensitive to rewards—showed greater activity for meetings with handshakes than for those without, thereby demonstrating “the positive effect of a handshake on social evaluation.”
“It not only increases the positive effect toward a favourable interaction, but it also diminishes the impact of a negative impression,” the Daily Mail quoted Dolcos as saying.
“Many of our social interactions may go wrong for a reason or another, and a simple handshake preceding them can give us a boost and attenuate the negative impact of possible misunderstandings,” Dolcos said