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Why can’t we walk straight?

Found the video below demonstrating the fact that people can’t walk (drive or swim) in a straight line if they are unable to see. It is interesting.

My eight year old watched it with me. She wants to try out the experiment herself. So, we are going to do that on a not so muddy day in the near future. I’ll take pictures and video to share with you here.

I would love to see this experiment done with a blind person who was not allowed to use a cane.
I am curious to know if they are more sensitive to their environment which may allow them to walk straight ahead or at least more successfully than a sighted person.

Stumbled onto this page explaining to a blind person “What to do when you meet a sighted person”. :D

A Mystery: Why Can’t We Walk Straight? from NPR on Vimeo.

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  • Pumpkin January 10, 2011, 5:56 pm

    Just to add to the above post…I was a Social-Psychology major. So, we are so going to do this experiment and post it here. lol My girl is following in her Mama’s footsteps!

  • expatraveler January 10, 2011, 11:48 pm

    I’m willing to go against the theory for swimming. Often times I don’t need much to figure out how to swim down the lane. Right now would be an aweful time for me to experiment, but I do want to try it out! I can let you know from a more experienced side if it’s true or false…

    But it sounds like a fun thing. I can so see the walking not working. But then again, it’s about practice and about using other senses to figure out your way!

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