The most "contagious" human condition
It turns out that not only yawning and laughter are very contagious. There are other actions and states, spreading between humans wildfire.
When people see how others at risk, they are more likely to try to take a chance, too. One of the authors who have worked with this theme, says: "Seeing how others act in a risky manner, or, conversely, avoid risk, we, in turn, tend to more risky or safer behavior. Vivid illustration can be seen in the stock market, when some participants start to take risks behind the other. "
It is well known that yawning is contagious. Just reading this now, you'll want to yawn. Yawning is most easily transmitted between family members, followed by friends, acquaintances, and then strangers. Curiously, the more emotionally responsive people are more sensitive to other people yawning. You can check your friends the ability to empathize, yawning in front of them and see if they will follow you.
Smile, and half of the world will smile in response to
In our life, there is one little nice thing that we often do not notice, because it is done "on the machine" - you smile at someone and get an answering smile. However, as you may have noticed, in response to smile, not all. Scientists from South Dakota, conducted an experiment to find out what percentage of people respond smile a smile. It turned out that a smile in response to people make up about 50% of the total. In comparison, almost no one frowns in response to a frowning man.
Even the appearance of someone shivering can cause us feeling cold. Dealing with this issue Dr. Neil Harrison said: "People are deeply social establishment and much of human progress is the result of our ability to work together in complex groups - it would be hard to do, if we were unable to quickly emotionally react and anticipate the thoughts, feelings and motivations of each other. Some results also suggest that people are more susceptible to the cold demonstrations than heat. "
Emotions expressed on the Internet, transferred to other people. The network Facebook was conducted a lot of research, in which the software analyzed the emotional component of each post. It was found that positive emotions are more contagious than negative. Each positive post led to an average of 1 more, 75 positive posts.
Anxious parents' behavior can be transmitted to children and vice versa. Author of the research on this topic suggests that parents should avoid nervous behavior, that it is not passed on to children. She says: "There are many ways to reduce the transmission of anxiety from parents to children. At the time, as our natural impulse is to try to protect the child, give him a useful opportunity to feel a slight risk, age-appropriate. "
Students who have studied the ways of interaction between people on the example of their fellow students, found that rudeness in the workplace is also contagious. Once confronted with rudeness, people subconsciously expect a repeat. Such an expectation causes people to behave more rudely toward others.
As a result of research conducted by Professor Sophie Scott, it was found out that even hear the sound of laughter preparing facial muscles to ensure that laugh. She says: "It seems that the adage," Laugh and the whole world will laugh with you "- this is the absolute truth. It has long been known that in a conversation we often copy the words and gestures of the interlocutor. Now we have shown that the same is true of the laugh. "