Evolved navigation theory and the plateau illusion

@article{Jackson2013EvolvedNT,
  title={Evolved navigation theory and the plateau illusion},
  author={Russell E. Jackson and Ch{\'e}la R. Willey},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2013},
  volume={128},
  pages={119-126}
}
Most people anecdotally feel that the distance extending toward a cliff or slope appears shorter than the same distance extending away from it. This odd impression persists, despite the distance being equal across both conditions and humans encountering such a scenario daily in the navigation of stairs, slopes, curbs, and vertical surfaces protected by handrails. We tested three sets of competing predictions about this previously uninvestigated phenomenon. Data from two experiments coincided… CONTINUE READING

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