Another beneficial scientific breakthrough!
No more awkward poses (I hope) for science got your back. So, without further ado, studies say the magic lies on putting your left cheek forward! And behold, no need for a mirror on the wall, that angle is the fairest of them all! (That's even the case in selfies. INSERT KARDASHIANS.)
An Australian researcher and a senior lecturer in experimental neuropsychology at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Annukka Lindell, utilized 10 Instagram selfies of 100 male and 100 female users (a total of 2000 photos). These were then coded by several factors like pose orientation or which cheek the person offered to the camera or mirror.
Results showed that there were more left (779) selfies than right (686) or midline (535). "Ninety-two percent of the sample showed an overall posing bias, with 41 percent favoring their left cheek, 31.5 percent preferring their right cheek, and 19.5 percent repeatedly posting midline selfies," the study
states. "Given that only 8 percent of selfie- takers showed no overall bias, the tendency to repeatedly adopt a preferred pose appears to be the norm for selfie takers."
This supports what's called as the left-cheek bias. Citing previous research, Lindell writes, "Because the left side of the face is predominantly controlled by the emotion-dominant right hemisphere, the left cheek is more emotionally expressive. Consequently, people intuitively offer the left cheek when asked to pose for a photo expressing emotion, and the right cheek when posing for a photo that conceals emotion."
published in 2012 also showed that participants preferred left-sided portraits. "This suggests that the perceived emotional expressions are being rated on their facial musculature," the authors write, "and thus hemispheric specificity rather than the viewer's preference for a given perceived hemiface."
"Previous research shows subjects of famous photographic and painted portraits, such as the da Vinci's Mona Lisa, are more likely to face the artist showing their left side. It's interesting that today, with the immediacy and possibilities that photographic technology allows us, that we are still naturally drawn to our left side," Lindell said
in a statement.
So everyone, whether you're smiling, pouting, or just goofing around, science says follow Beyoncé and go to the left to the left!