Apropos our earlier post regarding what it would be like if every Olympic sport were photographed like beach volleyball, some new findings from social psychology:
‘Local processing underlies the way we think about objects: houses, cars and so on. But global processing should prevent us from that when it comes to people,’ Gervais said. ‘We don’t break people down to their parts — except when it comes to women, which is really striking. Women were perceived in the same ways that objects are viewed.’
In one experiment, women’s (and not men’s) sexual body parts were actually recognized better when presented in isolation rather than in the context of an entire body.