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Travelers have southern bias

Many people may perceive northern paths as uphill and avoid them

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4:08pm, June 11, 2010

People making travel plans may unwittingly heed a strange rule of thumb — southern routes rule. In a new experiment, volunteers chose paths that dipped south over routes of the same distance that arched northward, perhaps because northern routes intuitively seem uphill and thus more difficult, researchers suggest.

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