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Have you ever entered a store and the automatic door wasn’t working? Or, have you ever come to an escalator that is simply stopped, and you have to walk up or down the escalator? It feels strange when common automations don’t work. If you are like me, you might even experience that disoriented, woozy feeling when your mind thinks it is stepping onto something that is supposed to move.
Neural scientists have named this the “broken escalator” locomotor aftereffect and they have studied how and why the brain and body anticipates automations like it does. Their findings indicate that