Goose-Stepping May Have Encouraged People to Follow Nazis

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have found that if groups perform tasks in unison, such as marching,
dancing and chanting, they show more loyalty towards each other
and are less likely to go against the norm.

The findings,
published in New Scientist, could explain why the likes of
Hitler and Mussolini both seemingly had the ability to bend millions
of people to their will.

Dr. Scott Wiltermuth,
of Stanford University in California and colleagues, have found
that activities performed in unison, such as marching or dancing,
exercise a form of mind control over people.

“It makes
us feel as though we’re part of a larger entity, so we see
the group’s welfare as being as important as our own,”
he said.

Dr .Wiltermuth’s
team separated 96 people into four groups who were then asked to
perform different tasks together.

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7, 2009

Alleyne is science correspondent for The Telegraph (UK).

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