It is said that first impressions make the best impressions especially in the business world and to make the best first impression, there is nothing like a steady and pleasant handshake. Though carried down the ages from a time when handshakes meant that you were unarmed and hence safe, today it paves a way to enter an area where you are welcome.
Today it has been further proved that a simple handshake can be a basis on which interactions in society are evaluated. The study, headed by Florin Dolcos, researcher at the Beckman Institute and Sanda Dolco, postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Psychology was published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. It took cognizance of the fact that a handshake could enhance the impact of social interaction positively and reduce the negative impact of the tendency to avoid interactions. The researcher further states that a handshake can have possible positive implications if they are intent on making the best first impressions. She is also of the opinion that it not only enhances positive impressions but reduces the negative aspect of an impression if any.
Focusing essentially on behaviors that supported both forms of social interactions, the handshake leaned towards generating a favorable approach and negating avoidance. A variety of samples were collected from males as well as females who were asked to watch video of social interactions in business setting and were also asked to rate them. Both scientific techniques like Functional magnetic resonance imaging and social responses were taken into account.
The researcher Florin Dolcos further emphasized the fact that a mere handshake was not what produced results but the way in which the handshake was conducted which needed to be firm, friendly and confident. Though there were many previous attempts in establishing these facts, the process of the research probably did not yield the right answers and when scientifically conducted the research answered a lot of questions.