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Competitors wearing red win more

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London, Aug 27 (ANI): A new study from University of Munster has found that competitors who wear red are more likely to win than those dressed in any other colour.

Lead researcher Norbert Hagemann showed that those who wear red tops, jackets or clothing score 10 per cent more in any competition than if they were in another colour.

According to New Scientist, experts believe that red could make individuals and teams feel more confident and perceived by others as more aggressive and dominant.

This might explain why Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, have been so successful, they added.

While ManU and Liverpool have 18 league titles, Arsenal has been running on the top spot over a long time.

England team led by Bobby Moore wore red, and won 1966 World Cup.

But ever since they have changed their colour to white, they haven't won a World Cup or European Championship.

During the study, German sports psychologists showed video clips of taekwondo bouts to 42 experienced referees. One combatant wore blue, the other red.

They then showed them the same clips but digitally manipulated the clothing to swap the colours.

The study showed that the fighters wearing red were given an average of 13 per cent more points than when they were blue.

"If one competitor is strong and the other weak, it won't change the outcome of the fight," the Telegraph quoted Hagemann as saying.

"But the closer the levels, the easier it is for the colour to tip the scale," he added. (ANI)

Story first published: Thursday, August 27, 2009, 16:13 [IST]
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