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The high-choice participants perceived the distance walked as significantly shorter than participants in the low-choice and control groups, even though they walked the same distance.  The manipulation caused high-choice participants to feel responsible for the choice to walk in the embarrassing costume.  This created cognitive dissonance , which refers to a discrepancy between attitudes and behaviors.  High-choice participants reconciled their thoughts and actions by perceiving the distance as shorter.  These results show the ability of internal states to affect perception of physical distance moved, which illustrates the reciprocal relationship of the body and mind in embodied cognition.