steepholm (steepholm) wrote,

Pisan Cant

As ever, there is much to admire in this year's Ig Nobel prizes. But the winners of the Psychology prize struck a particular chord with me.

PSYCHOLOGY PRIZE: Anita Eerland and Rolf Zwaan [THE NETHERLANDS] and Tulio Guadalupe [PERU, RUSSIA, and THE NETHERLANDS] for their study "Leaning to the Left Makes the Eiffel Tower Seem Smaller"

REFERENCE: "Leaning to the Left Makes the Eiffel Tower Seem Smaller: Posture-Modulated Estimation," Anita Eerland, Tulio M. Guadalupe and Rolf A. Zwaan, Psychological Science, vol. 22 no. 12, December 2011, pp. 1511-14.

This brought back vividly my one visit to Italy in 1995, or rather my departure from Pisa airport, when, looking casually from the plane window as we ascended, I saw the Leaning Tower pointing absolutely straight up, while the rest of Pisa slanted at a crazy angle. It was a most peculiar sensation. In accordance with Eerland et al's findings, I can confirm that the Tower also looked smaller than usual. But then, so did everything else.
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