Most people who come home from vacation feeling that the drive home is much faster than the trip went. Though they are the same distance, but it feels way home seemed shorter.
The scientists believe the effects return trip is not caused by the route home that is already known, as previously thought. But because of different expectations.
“People often underestimate how long the journey it takes to go out and experience this reason was long,” said researcher Niels van de Ven, of Tilburg University in the Netherlands, Friday (2 / 9).
“Based on that feeling, travelers expect also feels a long way home too, and it later turned out to be shorter than expected”.
A travel time estimates are too optimistic leads to the illusion of a shorter way home, the researchers said.
This conclusion is based on three brief study of 350 people are on vacation by bus, by bicycle, or watch videos of people who ride bicycles. The research is published in the Bulletin of Psychonomic Bulletin & Review Springers.
When compared to the estimated duration, the respondents think that the way home on average 22 percent faster than the trip went. The effect was very large return trip for participants who reported that initial trip was disappointing long.
Furthermore, when one group of participants was told that the future will look a long journey, the effect disappears way home. Ironically, told participants that the next trip will be a very long lead them to experience the journey that takes a little bit.
Until now, the popular explanation for the trip home that feels shorter is better known and more predictable than the trip went. But in their study, the researchers showed that this explanation unlikely.
Assistant writer Michael Roy, of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, said: “The effect way back there when respondents took a different route back, but the same distance”. “You do not need to recognize the route to have effect”.
The researchers hope to explain more than just the effect of the way home. “The findings on the effect of this return trip can help us make new predictions about how people experience the duration of it, even if they do not relate to the journey.” Professor van de Ven said.