‘D&D’ Used for Science

When psychologist Alan Kingstone needed to test a theory, he turned to the popular role-playing game “Dungeons & Dragons.”

Kingstone was working on a hypothesis that people are naturally drawn to others’ eyes — that they’re not just looking at the middle of people’s faces. That’s when his 12-year-old son, Julian, broke out ‘D&D,’ and showed his dad some of the creatures from the game.

Kingstone decided to use the characters in his experiment, and found that people will always look at the eyes first, no matter if they’re observing a human or a monster.


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