How you move the mouse can indicate whether or not you’re taking a risk

Psychology researchers have found that how people move their mouse may be an indication of their propensity to take risks: Given the choice between a risky and non-risky option, those who risk move toward the risky option at first … even if they end up choosing a safe bet. Likewise, those with a lower risk tolerance tend to move the mouse towards a safer option, even if they end up choosing to gamble.

“We show that measuring mouse movements while identifying participants between a risky gamble and paying a specific compensation strongly detects their conflict of options,” says the paper, and that this discrepancy strongly predicts their own risk preferences. Moreover, mouse movements predict risk preferences even when selection outcomes are not the same. “

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