No need to spend hours in front of a mirror perfecting paparazzi-worthy poses as a new study suggests a scientifically proven pattern.
Both men and women are perceived as more attractive when pictured on their left side as opposed to their right.
Though the theory may not be new, as it dates back to the time of oil paintings when subjects tended to tilt their head to show more of the left side of their face, it works just as well for current technology.
Theoretical difference: A recent study suggests that people, like Katy Perry here, appear more appealing when viewed from the left side of their face (left) as opposed to the right side (right)
The study, conducted by Wake Forest University psychology professor James Schirillo and co-authored by Kelsey Blackburn, asked a group of participants to look at a group of photos.
The black and white pictures of the men and women were shown in their original form, and then digitally altered so that they were shown from the other side.
Overall, the left-sided portraits were the favorites of the collection and prompted favorable reactions from the viewers.
In addition to simply declaring their preference, Forbes wrote that the viewer’s pupils dilated which means that they found those pictures to be more interesting stimuli.