Marching into battle: synchronized walking diminishes the conceptualized formidability of an antagonist in men.

@article{Fessler2014MarchingIB,
  title={Marching into battle: synchronized walking diminishes the conceptualized formidability of an antagonist in men.},
  author={Daniel M T Fessler and C. Corely Holbrook},
  journal={Biology letters},
  year={2014},
  volume={10 8}
}
Paralleling behaviours in other species, synchronized movement is central to institutionalized collective human activities thought to enhance cooperation, and experiments demonstrate that synchrony has this effect. The influence of synchrony on cooperation may derive from an evolutionary history wherein such actions served to signal coalitional strength to both participants and observers-including adversaries. If so, then synchronous movement should diminish individuals' estimations of a foe's… CONTINUE READING
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