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Saturday, May 28

10 A.M. to 4 P.M.

Saturday, May 21

Join us in the RLC between 1 and 3 P.M. to learn more about our recent researchers and their studies. Talk with a researcher, view his findings, and learn about the NOW of science!

Does desire affect our perception of distance?

Does your attitude towards an object influence your ability to estimate your distance from it?  Research* has suggested that objects we are interested in appear physically closer to us, even if we think emotions are not impacting our logical estimation skills.

In this study, participants will be asked to face objects that may or may not be desirable. Each participant will match the distance between the object and himself with a visual distance cue by walking towards or away from the object. This study can help us better understand how emotions influence our visual perception.

 *This experiment is based on:

 Balcetis, E., & Dunning, D. (2009). Wishful seeing more desired objects are seen as closer. Psychological science.



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