Perception of maximum distance jumpable remains accurate after an intense physical exercise and during recovery

Jorn J Flach, Anoek K Schotborgh, Rob Withagen, Joanne Smith*

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Earlier studies have revealed that changes in action capabilities due to fatigue or wearing a backpack have an effect on the perception of distance in meters or steepness in angles. Although these findings are interesting by themselves, they leave us uninformed about whether the accuracy of affordance perception is affected by fatigue. Are people still capable of accurately perceiving the maximum distance jumpable after an intense physical exercise? In the present experiment, this question is addressed. We found that after maximal exertion in a squatting task, the actual maximum jumping distance significantly decreased, but recovered quickly. Interestingly, on average, the participants accurately perceived their maximum jumping distance both before and after the squatting task. Apparently, the accuracy of the affordance perception remains intact after an intense physical exercise. The implications of this finding are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
JournalAttention, Perception & Psychophysics
Publication statusPublished - 14-Sept-2021


  • Affordances
  • Embodied perception
  • Fatigue
  • Action capabilities
  • Perception and action

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