Victim selection and kinematics: A point-light investigation of vulnerability to attack

Rebekah E. Gunns, Lucy Johnston, Stephen M. Hudson

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Abstract

Three experiments used a point-light methodology to investigate whether movement style specifies vulnerability to physical attack. Both female (Experiment 1) and male (Experiment 2) walkers could be differentiated according to ease-of-attack based solely on the kinematic information provided whilst walking. Specific walking style features predicted ease-of-attack and profiles of prototypically "easy to attack" and "difficult to attack" walkers were identified. Variations in walking style as a function of clothing and footwear style were also shown to predict differences in ease-of-attack ratings (Experiment 3). Theoretical and practical implications of these findings are considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-158
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Nonverbal Behavior
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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