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Have you ever thought that why ‘Super Mario’ runs from left to right? The answer: It may be due to a common visual bias.
Researchers say, there may be a fundamental bias in the way people prefers to see moving items depicted in pictures.
Experts say, an analysis of photos of people and objects in motion revealed a common left-to-right bias.
Researchers said this widespread evidence for such a left-to-right bias could indicate a possible fundamental bias for visual motion, and would explain why all the main characters in the side-scrolling video games popular in the 1980s and 1990s such as Super Mario run from left to right.
They came to the conclusion after inspecting thousands of items in Google Images for the research published in the journal Perception.
Dr Peter Walker of Lancaster University, a psychologist said, some artistic conventions are used to convey the motion of animate and inanimate items in still images, such as drawings and photographs.”
He further said, one graphic convention involves depicting items leaning forward into their movement, with greater leaning conveying greater speed. Another convention, revealed in the present study, involves depicting items moving from left to right.
This bias, however does not apply to people or objects which are stationary, researchers said.
This left-to-right bias is also observed when designers italicise text to convey notions of motion and speed.
It even applies to typography in Hebrew where the reader’s eyes scan from right-to-left, researchers said.