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People who experience social situations from a lower height – in other words short people – are more prone to feelings of paranoia, inferiority and mistrust, says to research published Wednesday.In a study in the journal Psychiatry Research, scientists showed that making a person's virtual height lower than it actually was could make them feel worse about themselves and more fearful that others were trying to harm them. Freeman's team tested 60 adult women from the general population who were prone to having "mistrustful thoughts" and put them through a VR experience of an underground train ride.The participants experienced the same "journey" twice, once at their normal height and once at a height that had been virtually reduced by around 25 centimeters.
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