Distances appear different on hills.

  title={Distances appear different on hills.},
  author={Jeanine Stefanucci and Dennis R. Proffitt and Tom Banton and William Epstein},
  journal={Perception & psychophysics},
  volume={67 6},
When walking effort is increased due to manipulations such as wearing heavy backpacks, people perceive hills to be steeper and distances to be farther (Bhalla & Proffitt, 1999; Proffitt, Stefanucci, Banton, & Epstein, 2003). On the basis of these findings, we expected people to overestimate distances on steep hills relative to the same distances on flat ground, because of the increased effort required to ascend or descend them. This hypothesis is in contrast to the belief that distances are… CONTINUE READING
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