Friday, August 21, 2009

With nothing to guide their way, people really do walk in circles!

This headline made me laugh! But it's true, according to new research published by Current Biology. There has been no scientific evidence to back this long held cultural belief until now.

Science Daily reports:
Those circular paths are rarely systematic, the researchers show. The same person may sometimes veer to the left, then again to the right, before ending up back where they started from. The stories about people who end up walking in circles when lost are actually true," said Jan Souman of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany. "People cannot walk in a straight line if they do not have absolute references, such as a tower or a mountain in the distance or the sun or moon, and often end up walking in circles." MORE