March 5, 2011
From The Telegraph:
Researchers at Dundee University's School of Psychology studied the post-competition embraces of Olympic athletes to reach the conclusion [that hugs last 3 seconds], which they say applies across countries and cultures.
The findings confirm that a hug lasts about as long as many other human actions, and supports a theory that humans go through life perceiving the present in a series of "time windows", each lasting about three seconds.
The duration is the same the world over.
Cross-cultural studies over the past century have shown that people tend to operate in these bursts.
Goodbye waves, musical phrases, infants' bouts of babbling and gesturing, and the French "bises" -- a greeting kiss on each cheek -- all last about three seconds.
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