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Embodied perception with others’ bodies in mind : stereotype priming influence on the perception of spatial environment

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Chambon, Michel

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Abstract "It has been shown that spatial perception is not only a function of optical variables but also a function of people’s physiological potential. When this potential is reduced, either due to age or fatigue, individuals have been observed to report hills steeper and distances longer. Two studies have demonstrated that the experience of an actual reduction in capacities is not necessary. After being primed with the elderly category, young participants estimated the gradient of various pathways and that of a hill steeper (Study 1) and distances across a grassy field longer (Study 2) than their non-primed counterparts. The activation of a social category has often been found to result in stereotype-congruent behaviors. The present findings indicate that, in addition to this well-documented behavioral mimetism, this activation also leads to perceptual mimetism. I suggest that it helps facilitate social interactions by investing the partners with a shared vision of their environment." [author's abstract]
Classification Social Psychology
Free Keywords Spatial perception; Priming; Elderly stereotype
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 283-287
Journal Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45 (2008) 1
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)