The 1012 Ig Nobel Prizes were recently announced, and there may be something in it for us riders. The new kid on the block is "Posture-Modulated Estimation" :-s"Huh?" I hear you say... PSYCHOLOGY PRIZE: Anita Eerland and Rolf Zwaan [THE NETHERLANDS] and Tulio Guadalupe [PERU, RUSSIA, and THE NETHERLANDS] for their study "Leaning to the Left Makes the Eiffel Tower Seem Smaller" Still reading, read on... " Abstract In two experiments, we investigated whether body posture influences people’s estimation of quantities. According to the mental-number-line theory, people mentally represent numbers along a line with smaller numbers on the left and larger numbers on the right. We hypothesized that surreptitiously making people lean to the right or to the left would affect their quantitative estimates. Participants answered estimation questions while standing on a Wii Balance Board. Posture was manipulated within subjects so that participants answered some questions while they leaned slightly to the left, some questions while they leaned slightly to the right, and some questions while they stood upright. Crucially, participants were not aware of this manipulation. Estimates were significantly smaller when participants leaned to the left than when they leaned to the right. " So next time you're wondering why right-handers are fvcking with your head, it's because you're a victim of Posture-Modulated Estimation. 8-[ If you're tired of reading and would like to have Doctor Karl make you smarter, click here... perhaps we can answer his question at the end of the video.