The influence of heightened body-awareness on walking through apertures

Stacy Lopresti-Goodman, Rachel W. Kallen, Michael J. Richardson, Kerry L. Marsh, Lucy Johnston

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The reported study measured the ratio between aperture-width and hip-width that marked the critical transition from frontal walking to body rotation for male and female participants. Half of the participants of each sex wore form-fitting lycra clothes and half loose-fitting jogging suits. Participants wearing the form-fitting clothing reported heightened body awareness relative to those wearing the loose-fitting clothing. For male participants this difference was reflected in a smaller aperture-to-hip ratio in the form-fitting than loose-fitting clothing condition. That is, males walked frontally through smaller apertures when wearing form-fitting than when wearing loose-fitting clothing. For females there was no difference in walking action as a function of clothing style. Results are discussed in terms of the perception of action opportunities in the environment, the influence of body awareness on such perception and sex differences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)557-570
Number of pages14
JournalApplied Cognitive Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 2010
Externally publishedYes


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