Carrying a biological "backpack": Quasi-experimental effects of weight status and body fat change on perceived steepness.

@article{TaylorCovill2016CarryingAB,
  title={Carrying a biological "backpack": Quasi-experimental effects of weight status and body fat change on perceived steepness.},
  author={Guy A. H. Taylor-Covill and Frank F. Eves},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Human perception and performance},
  year={2016},
  volume={42 3},
  pages={331-8}
}
The apparent steepness of hills and stairs is overestimated in explicit perception. These overestimations are malleable in that when physiological resources are compromised, apparent steepness is further overestimated. An alternative explanation of these experimental findings attributes them to demand characteristics. This article tests the relationship between estimated steepness and naturally occurring differences in body composition. A quasi-experimental field study revealed more exaggerated… CONTINUE READING
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