Posture Able to Communicate Fear

Crowds move for interesting reasons. Food for thought:

“A fight breaks out, and even though people at the far side of the crowd can’t see what’s going on, they are immediately on edge. Now, a Harvard researcher has an explanation for this fear contagion, the quick spread of emotion through a crowd. Seeing someone adopt a fearful posture triggers areas of the brain that express emotion and get the body primed for action. It’s a response that can race through a crowd like wildfire. “We are extremely sensitive to emotional body language, and we react to it without us being aware of it,” said Beatrice M.L. de Gelder of Harvard Medical School. This, she said, “is very good, because that puts us in a position to act.””
Randolph Schmid
Associated Press

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