Talk:Broken escalator phenomenon

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Hi my name is Ansel Borhauer and I am a Psychology Major at Shenandoah University. As part of our History and Systems of Psychology we are to edit certain stubs on Wikipedia (I have chosen this one), any help would be nice. I am here to talk about some information I would like to add to the course from this source, [1]. It is a second hand article that uses a study from the New York Academy of Science about how this phenomenon could be related to our gait and how it balances us as we step through different terrain. The study used mobile sleds that could be turned on and off to mimic escalators. The study found that even if subjects were told that the sled was not moving they would still walk onto it as if it was. The researchers believe that muscle memory might be linked to how our gait is used. Ansel.borhauer (talk) 17:47, 19 February 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  1. ^ Beck, Julie. "Why Broken Escalators Throw Off Our Balance". The Atlantic. Hayley Romer. Retrieved 19 February 2015.


"an article about getting dizzy when stepping into a broken elevator? is anyone even remotedly interested in this" -- HectorAE

It's escalator not elevator. And it is interesting as it is quite a clear example of the influence of 'high-level' expectation (i.e. what escalators do) on a very 'low-level' sub-cortical region (i.e. vestibular processing). Being of no interest to you does not make it unnoteworthy. It is probably going to be referred to (as a useful shorthand) in future published scientific papers. Lionfish0 (talk) 17:34, 4 May 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Keep. I concur, the references establish notability. The interestingness is not related to it's notability. Though if it did, it gets a positive "vote" from me as well, it's a fascinating concept. --Andrewaskew (talk) 04:55, 20 June 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]