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It’s the Way You Walk:

Lucy Johnston

in People Watching

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195393705
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979271 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393705.003.0013

Series: Oxford Series in Visual Cognition

It’s the Way You Walk:

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This chapter considers whether human gait conveys information to observers about one’s vulnerability to attack. Specifically, it describes a program of research in which the “kinematic fingerprint” of physical vulnerability is assessed. Observers of point-light-defined body motions form impressions of physical vulnerability that achieve a high level of consensus. Additionally, the authors examine factors that contribute to these perceptions (e.g., manner of dress) and that can mitigate these perceptions (e.g., changing gait).

Keywords: kinematic fingerprints; kinematic specification; vulnerability to attack; motion training; movement style; functional perspective

Chapter.  8756 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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