If there’s a task that needs doing, you might try asking people in their right ear. Researchers from University of Chieti in central Italy have found that people prefer to be addressed in the right ear, as information received there is processed by the left, more logical, side of the brain. The scientists observed the so-called “right ear advantage” by asking 176 people in crowded nightclubs for a cigarette, and found that those they addressed in the right ear were significantly more likely to hand over a smoke than those addressed in the left.
Talk into the “right” ear
Study finds people prefer to be addressed in one ear over the other