Does sitting in front of the class “really” makes you a better student?


If you ask the following question: Where do the best students sit inside a classroom? 9 out of 10 are likely to respond “in the front”.  If you ask: why? The likely response is “to pay more attention” with only a few saying: “to be noticed by the teacher”.

But what makes people pay more attention in a classroom if they sit in the front? And does it really make them pay more attention or do they sit in the front just to satisfy an ego and be more noticeable by the teacher?

According to my research at Mission3D, as a leading expert on Stereo 3D Vision and 3D Photography technologies, and considered by many to be one of the world’s top 3D photographers, I believe, we have some good answers.

Based on my widely conducted research at Mission3D (written *Mission3-D™*) between 2005 and 2008 on the effectiveness and usefulness of Stereo 3D Photography, I discovered that most of us are barely aware of the full functions and benefits of our own human binocular vision.

In a nutshell, the answers to the above pressing questions lie in the way our brain perceives imagery, and in this particular case, on the effect of depth perception on our own state of awareness and attentiveness.

One of the main functions of Stereoscopic vision, the ability for the human right eye to view a right-eye angle image and for the left eye to view a left-eye angle image then for the brain to mix the two left and right images to see a stereo image, is to provide valuable depth perception information that is often necessary for our own survival and protection.

Basically, the average distance between the two eyes of a human being is about 6.5 cm, so when we look at close objects we perceive heightened depth perception because of the larger angle of view, and when we view objects at further distances, depth perception is reduced, with most of us unable to perceive depth beyond 50 meters.

I believe that our eyes act as a human-radar of sorts based on my direct correlation between our state of awareness and attentiveness and the amount of depth we perceive in our brain. The closest the objects, the more depth we perceive, and the more attentive we become.

This radar function is important in order to protect us from dangers as we subconsciously perceive that far-a-way objects, typically, pose less danger than close-range objects.  With close objects there is an inherent need to pay close attention to those objects,this is required for our own internal protective system to better understand if such objects pose any danger or not, ultimately making us more aware and attentive to better judge a close-range situation.

I have come to realize that an “Experience” by definition must be a stereo three-dimensional visual experience, and that looking at two-dimensional objects and imageries, such as reading a normal (2D) book, lowers our attention span and actually is more likely to put-us to sleep, as our brain translates what we are looking at as non-threatening and, actually, a relaxing situation.

When producing Stereo 3D images for 3D print advertising, Mission3D devised a 1-to-8 depth-perception scale to rate the depth perception effectiveness of the resulting 3D ads, with 8 pointing to the greatest possible depth perception, which provides for the highest awareness level, and 1 being the lowest depth perception, meaning the lowest awareness level.

The highest depth perception score is typically achieved when we view live three-dimensional images at a distance of 20-40 cm, typically achieved when we are holding 3D objects in our own hands. In a classroom, sitting 2-4 meters away from the teacher provides a depth score of 5-6 with the score becoming lower as students sit further back in the classroom; I noticed that with such reduction in depth perception comes reduced attentiveness.

When students are more attentive (sitting close in the front), they remember more of what is discussed and are able to learn more inside the classroom, as memory tests on Stereo 3D visuals conducted by Mission3D suggest. Therefore, the answer is YES when you sit in the front of the classroom you will be in a natural higher attentive state caused by your Stereo-3D induced heightened depth perception and you are likely to benefit most form what the teacher has to share in the classroom and thus giving you an advantage to become a better student with all other things considered equal outside the classroom, provided equal intelligence levels. Another added benefit of sitting in front is that the teacher will also see you in a heightened state of awareness and therefore remember you more than those who sit further away in the back.

For individuals with normal vision, it turns out that Stereo 3D visuals are 8 times more memorable than regular 2D visuals and I believe that Mission3D’s findings are likely to revolutionize education and improve learning retention through the use of Stereoscopic 3D Visual aids.

In 2009 Mission3D plans to embark on producing in-class Stereo 3D Visual aids.  If your educational institution is interested in custom 3D visual projects I suggest you email me directly at

To learn more about Mission3D you can visit, to review other related articles visit and download the T3 3-DiMedia PDF.

Side Notes: Sam’s discoveries also included potentially reduced learning retention rates with a student that sits in the front of the classroom because he/she lacks depth perception based on one of the following conditions: 1. The student can only see with one eye due to an eye injury, 2. The student has a lazy eye, 3. In very rare cases, the student sees perfectly fine with each eye separately but the brain is not able to perceive depth perception and cancels one of the eyes visual image within the binocular vision view-angle.

- Authored by Sam Ramadan

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