Left-leaning estimations

The Globe and Mail:

“If something has gone down in your estimation, check your stance,” says the New Scientist. “Leaning to the left encourages people to underestimate everything from the height of buildings to the number of Michael Jackson chart-toppers. To find out whether body positions influence value estimation, Anita Eerland and her colleagues at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands asked 33 people to guess the numerical answer to questions while [standing] on a Wii-console balance board. … When Eerland’s team compared the answers given by participants they found that, on average, people made smaller estimates when they were tilted to the left.” The study appears in Psychological Science.

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