Edge Question 2017


January 2017.

Each year the website Edge.org invites a number of scientists to respond to a specific question. This year’s question was: “What scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known?”

Simone Schnall gave the example of Spatial Agency Bias, which suggests that people looking toward the right (relative to the observer) are seen as more agentic and powerful. This phenomenon has been studied extensively by Anne Maass and Caterina Suitner at Padova University. Some of the earliest work on spatial agency bias, as observed in historical analyses of paintings was carried out a Nick Humphrey. A summary of Schnall’s response was written up by Business Insider.