Symmetry Breaking in Escaping Ants

  title={Symmetry Breaking in Escaping Ants},
  author={E. Altshuler and O. Ramos and Y. N{\'u}{\~n}ez and J. Fern{\'a}ndez and A. J. Batista-Leyva and C. Noda},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  pages={643 - 649}
  • E. Altshuler, O. Ramos, +3 authors C. Noda
  • Published 2005
  • Physics, Medicine
  • The American Naturalist
  • The phenomenon of herding is a very general feature of the collective behavior of many species in panic conditions, including humans. It has been predicted theoretically that panic‐induced herding in individuals confined to a room can produce a nonsymmetrical use of two identical exit doors. Here we demonstrate the existence of that phenomenon in experiments, using ants as a model of pedestrians. We show that ants confined to a cell with two symmetrically located exits use both exits in… CONTINUE READING
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