The return trip effect: Why the return trip often seems to take less time

@inproceedings{Ven2011TheRT,
  title={The return trip effect: Why the return trip often seems to take less time},
  author={Niels van de Ven and Leon van Rijswijk and Michael M. Roy},
  booktitle={Psychonomic bulletin & review},
  year={2011}
}
Three studies confirm the existence of the return trip effect: The return trip often seems shorter than the initial trip, even though the distance traveled and the actual time spent traveling are identical. A pretest shows that people indeed experience a return trip effect regularly, and the effect was found on a bus trip (Study 1), a bicycle trip (Study 2), and when participants watched a video of someone else traveling (Study 3). The return trip effect also existed when another, equidistant… CONTINUE READING
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