Walking in sync makes enemies seem less scary

By Ashley Yeager, 10:15 AM August 27, 2014

When men match each others' steps, purported criminals seem less physically formidable, a new study shows. The results, published August 27 in Biology Letters, suggest that matched movements in men may foster fighting alliances, a behavior seen in apes and some dolphins and whales. The team did not test women's responses to matched movements. 

Because synchronized behaviors — used in everything from athletics to police formation — seem to shape how people think about their enemies, the matched...

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