Holding a hard or soft ball can influence a person’s perception of how masculine or feminine others are. (Live Science)

“The finding adds to the growing insight about how connected our sense of touch is to social processing in our brains. […] In their study, Slepian and his colleagues had subjects clench either a hard ball or a squishy ball in their hands while looking at pictures of faces that had been altered to appear gender-neutral. They then were asked to categorize the faces as either male or female.
When touching the hard ball, volunteers were about 10 percent more likely to categorize a face as male; for those clutching the soft ball, the results were slanted toward females.”

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