PUTTING YOUR HAND OVER YOUR HEART, TELL THE TRUTH
Are you an honest person? New research finds that you're more likely to tell the truth if you place a hand over your heart. Polish researchers performed four experiments and say they "demonstrated that the emblematic gesture associated with honesty (putting a hand on one's heart) increased the level of honesty perceived by others, and increased the honesty shown in one's own behavior." They say participants who placed one hand over their heart made more honest assessments about the attractiveness of others, and refrained from cheating more often then participants who did not make the gesture. Researchers note that different cultures have different gestures conveying honesty, and say that in the U.S., for example, raising one's right hand would probably lead people to be more honest as well.