Here’s the formula for the perfect handshake

Last Updated: Jul 17, 2010, 10:57 AM IST

Melbourne: Brit scientists reckon that they have devised the formula for the perfect handshake.

The traditional form of greeting needs to be executed with the right hand and a complete grip, firm squeeze, cool dry palm, three shakes with medium vigour and no longer than three seconds, all accompanied by an appropriate verbal statement.

Manchester University researchers have unveiled a mathematical formula for the ``perfect handshake``, which, according to them should convey respect and trust.

The formula is: PH = ? (e2 + ve2)(d2) + (cg + dr)2 + ?{(42)(42)}2 + (vi + t + te)2 + {(42 )(42)}2.

In other words, sweaty palms, limp wrists, gripping too hard and lack of eye contact were contributors to a bad handshake.

Geoffrey Beattie, the university’s head of psychological sciences, took twelve key measures into account that would convey trust and respect.

``The human handshake is one of the most crucial elements of impression formation and is used as a source of information for making a judgment about another person,```` the Courier Mail quoted Beattie as saying.