Through training, skilled parkour athletes (traceurs) overcome everyday obstacles, such as walls, that are typically insurmountable. Traceurs and untrained novices estimated the height of walls and reported their anticipated ability to climb the wall. The traceurs perceived the walls as shorter than did novices. This result suggests that perception is scaled by the perceiver’s anticipated ability to act, and is consistent with the action-specific account of perception.
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Taylor, J Eric T.; Witt, Jessica; and Sugovic, Mila, "When Walls are No Longer Barriers: Perception of Wall Height in Parkour" (2011). Department of Psychological Sciences Faculty Publications. Paper 58.