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

Johnston, L. (2012) It’s the Way You Walk: Kinematic Specification of Vulnerability to Attack. In: Johnson, K. and Shiffrar, M., (eds.) People Watching: Social, Perceptual, and Neurophysiological Studies of Body Perception. Oxford Scholarship, pp. 220-233.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393705.0...
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Abstract

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).

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: Oxford Scholarship
Copyright: © 2012 Oxford University Press
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/59302
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