Texas Tech University

Scientific Studies Explain SMIDSY

Mark Hinchliffe

January 13, 2017

Motorbike Rider - Riders might think drivers don't care about hitting us, but there is actually scientific evidence that shows they really don't see us.

A Texas Tech University psychologist has also found that people think smaller objects – such as riders – are further away than they appear and, conversely, that bigger objects are closer.

Researcher Pat DeLucia reached her scientific finding by testing people in computer simulations.

She studied participants who viewed two approaching objects simultaneously – one large and one small. The viewer had to nominate which would reach them first.

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