Broken escalator phenomenon
The broken escalator phenomenon is the sensation of losing balance or dizziness reported by some people when stepping onto an escalator which is not working. It is said that there is a brief, odd sensation of imbalance, despite full awareness that the escalator is not going to move.
It has been shown that this effect causes people to step inappropriately fast onto a moving platform that is no longer moving, even when this is obvious to the participant.
See also 
- Balance disorder
- Ideomotor phenomenon
- Illusions of self-motion
- Motion sickness
- Spatial disorientation
- The broken escalator phenomenon. Aftereffect of walking onto a moving platform. Exp Brain Res. 2003 Aug;151(3):301-8. Epub 2003 Jun 12.
- "Why a broken escalator can make you dizzy". MailOnline (Associated Newspapers Ltd.). 15 November 2004. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
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