Right Movies on the Right Seat: Laterality and Seat Choice

Human being tends to show the preferences over certain behavior in the real-life situation. According to Maria (2010), the tendency is much preferent in areas such as movie theatres, which necessitated the author to embark on research to unearth the myth associated with this scenario. To achieve the objective, the researcher consulted a number of literatures, both books and peer reviewed journals that assisted in expanding the understanding of the issue under study. The observation of Maria (2010) is supported by Gilbert &Wysocki (1992) who noted that when performing skilled tasks, an estimate of 90% of the people depicts the preference of the right-hand inclination. Such, this leads to formulating the research question as; what makes the people to have a right side preference over the left side? Answering this question, therefore, necessitated the testing of the hypothesis which would be stated as: Right handed people tend to choose right seat more than left handed.

The article further continues to review the literature, which most of them confirm the argument placed across by the author. In a way to generate more accuracy of the assertion, the author engaged in the process of collecting data that would lead to accurate results.  Two hundred volunteer students were involved in this experiment, where they were consolidated in a common place, and divided into two groups. One team was attached to negatively motivated group, while the other one to the positively motivated one. Again, a seating chart was provided, to assist in locating the exact place where one would wish to be in the process of movie screening. The variables tested in this case were motivation, handedness and choice of seat.

The findings of this paper illustrate that there was a linear relationship between the handedness of the individual, motivation and the choice of the seat. During the experiment, the negatively motivated group was dubbed that the movie would be scaring and not enjoyable, while the positive group was fed with enticing promises. Due to this, the highest percentage of the positively motivated participants ticked the seats located on the right side. Also, it was noted that about 75% of this group consisted of the right-handed individuals, and a slight number of the left-handed. Basically, left handed people were not biased in terms of seat selection , as opposed to their counterparts. The outcome confirmed the hypothesis that the right hemisphere of the brain processes more information and increases the motivation to understand the content, hence the inclination of right handed people toward taking the seats located on the right side of the movie theatre.

However, other factors could contribute to such a scenario. Instead of just focusing on the motivation and the handedness, it is paramount to consider the locations of the theatre and probably the interior design, which could be forcing a huge number of people to like the right hand side. Experimenting outside the real vicinity increases the level of biasness, and limits the trustworthiness of the data. The most reliable information could have been the one collected in different movie theaters, instead of imagining the environment, which assumes a lot of underlying factors.

References

Gilbert, A., &Wysocki, C. (1992). Hand preference and age in the United States. Neuropsychologia,30, 601–608.

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