When a ball lands on the ground at the end, it just sits there bouncing around,” she said. “But if you just pick up the ball and put it down, there is a very tiny little area that bounces up and down. The roulette ball lands in that little area.”
In other words, even if a ball lands on something, its orientation doesn’t affect the direction a person goes or how fast they move.
A study in 2014 on the brain activity induced by a “predictive” motion simulation demonstrated that even when someone is driving at high speed when a moving ball is on your left, the brain still sees it as a straight line, even though it’s actually moving in a straight line.
As someone driving a car, you can’t have a brain that interprets each direction on the road as a particular direction. It must interpret all directions. When you’re driving, you’re moving all around; if the ball is on your left, you must move all around.
In order for your brain to know where it is, you need to move in a straight line. Now, if a ball is on your right when you’re driving down a street, the only thing it will do is move slightly, so it will only move slightly in one direction; you won’t feel a bumping sensation from the road. It doesn’t matter whether the ball is on your left or your right. It’s still just the same.
It doesn’t stop mattering.
“When you are driving, you have the same thought at all times, even when you are moving your own body,” Hochberg said. “If you think of yourself as standing on a street corner, even though you are driving on the same road as the car, you are still thinking about yourself and what you are doing.”
You aren’t in control.
The reality is that even if you are driving right- or left-handed, there is going to be a degree of control over certain aspects of your own motion.
As someone whose eyes are the dominant visual organ, your right eye is going to have a greater impact on your left-hand vision than vice versa.
“If your vision is not right- or left-handed, but is left eye dominant, that does not create any disadvantage for you at all,” Hochberg said. “You are still going to be in control of things you can see.”
A left-hander like