Macarena to Goose Stepping: Synchronized Movement Controls Your Brain

Posted by on January 11th, 2012

A new study proves that organizing activities where a group of people move in unison can create more concrete leader-follower relationships and be used as a tool for helpful cooperation or evil deeds.

In the experiment, participants were instructed to either walk in sync with an experimenter, out-of-step with them or simply alongside them at their own pace. They were then asked to gather as many bugs as possible in 30 seconds and put them into a device where they were told they’d die.

Those participants who walked in step with the same experimenter who later instructed them to kill the bugs put approximately 54 percent more bugs into the device than did those in the control condition. They also put 38 percent more bugs into the funnel than did participants in the coordinated but asynchronous condition and twice as many bugs into the funnel as did participants who walked in synchrony with a different experimenter than the one who instructed them to terminate the insects.

Synchronized action is used as a tool for many institutions including but not limited to: religious rituals, military exercises and Supermaning dat ho.

[Science Daily]

2 Responses to “Macarena to Goose Stepping: Synchronized Movement Controls Your Brain”

  1. Jonny Zavant Says:

    Guess that explains why every magician opens with the interlocking hand rotation bit. . .

  2. mxyzptlk Says:

    The researchers should take the synchronized people and see if they can lick more ants off a screen than an iguana.