Published On: Mon, Sep 19th, 2016

Walking style can determine aggression: Study


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Can our walking style explain our personality? Yes, a new research study has discovered that the way people walk can provide noteworthy insights into their levels of aggression.

The research study disclosed that the embroidered movement of both the upper and lower body pointed out aggression.

Liam Satchell, who is the lead researcher of the study from the University of Portsmouth in Britain, has added that “When walking, the body naturally rotates a little, as an individual steps forward with their left foot, the left side of the pelvis will move forward with the leg, the left shoulder will move back and the right shoulder forward to maintain balance. An aggressive walk is one where this rotation is exaggerated,”

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People are usually conscious that there is an association amid swagger and psychology.

Nevertheless, the research study gives pragmatic proof to affirm that personality is certainly manifested in the way we walk, the researchers stated.

Additionally, recognizing the possible association amid an individual’s biological motion and their intention to connect in aggression could be employed to assist from stopping crime, Satchell added.

He continued by saying that “If CCTV observers could be trained to recognize the aggressive walk demonstrated in this research, their ability to recognize impending crimes could be improved further,”

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To conduct the research study, the team evaluated the personalities of 29 participants, prior to employing motion capture technology to record them walking on a treadmill at their natural speed.

The researchers, in addition, employed a standard personality test named the ‘big five’ to evaluate personality traits involving candidness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism.

Employing motion capture technology, which accounts the acts of humans and employs the data to carry to life digital character models in 3D computer animation, the researchers analyzed thorax and pelvis movements, and also the speed of pace.


About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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