BODY MOVEMENTS AND TIMING ESTIMATION RELATED TO VISUAL OBSERVATION OF DIFFERENT IMAGES REPRESENTING DISTINCT BODY POSITIONS

  • Francisco C. Nather
  • José L. Oliveira Bueno
  • Daniela C. Carvalho De Abreu
  • Matheus Machado Gomes

Abstract

Body positions representing movements of distinct intensities induce distortions in time estimations. Probably, the observation of body movements in static images generates the experience of movement that can induce real movements in the observer. This study examined bodies, and whether these real movements were related to the intensity of observed movement. According to the Body Movement Ranking Scale, stimuli were photographic images of 2 dancer sculptures: static and dancing ballerina (1.5- and 6.0-point stimuli). Images were presented at a random order to the participants positioned on a force platform, whose tasks were to observe each image and estimate its presentation time duration. Participants moved more when they observed the dancing ballerina (6.0-point). Also, 6.0- point stimulus was overestimated. This result showed that images of body movements internally generate unconscious body oscillations suggesting that different processes are involved in the subjective time distortions.

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