It's the Way You Walk: Kinematic Specification of Vulnerability to Attack

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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-lightdefined 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).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPeople Watching
Subtitle of host publicationSocial, Perceptual, and Neurophysiological Studies of Body Perception
EditorsKerri Johnson, Maggie Shiffrar
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherOxford University Press, USA
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780199979271
ISBN (Print)9780195393705
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


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