if your friends don’t dance…

October 14, 2010

This is a fun read (article here). Some psychologists in England have been trying to pinpoint what makes a “good” male dancer and what makes for a “bad” male dancer. Just a couple of things to think about:

  1. Again, we see an evolutionary perspective rearing its head – the rationale for the study is grounded in the idea that dancing skills (like body shape and symmetry) can signal whether an individual is a “fit” potential mate. Also note, the researchers admit that they have a long way to go to show where the dance moves are coming from – meaning they have no idea what sort of biological basis would support such a claim about evolutionary pressures being a factor…
  2. The methodology is fun to consider. Have guys come into the lab to dance while wearing sensors. Transfer their moves via the sensors to a computer generated avatar. Have females come in and rate the dance moves via the avatars… Some interesting examples of controlling for nuisance variables and finding creative ways to test their ideas.
  3. At the very least, the article provides some empirically verified dance moves – or you can follow this advice.

Note: This is linked to an article published in the Guardian UK. Check out the fact that they have an entire section (online) dedicated to stories that have a psychological twist. SEE HERE.


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