Smelling hand after handshake: Study video shows subjects sniffing hand after shake.

If You Shake With Someone, Do You Sniff Your Hand Afterward?  

If You Shake With Someone, Do You Sniff Your Hand Afterward?  

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March 5 2015 7:17 AM

A Firm Odor

Secretly recorded lab footage shows test subjects sniffed their hands after handshakes.  

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An Israeli team decided to consider what people do after shaking someone's hand, so they secretly filmed volunteers as they were greeted by someone from the research team. As the footage above shows, they quickly noticed a pattern in post-shaking behavior.

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