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).
|Title of host publication||People Watching|
|Subtitle of host publication||Social, Perceptual, and Neurophysiological Studies of Body Perception|
|Editors||Kerri Johnson, Maggie Shiffrar|
|Place of Publication||United States|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 4 Dec 2012|