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Symmetry Breaking in Pedestrian Dynamics

@article{Morton2016SymmetryBI,
  title={Symmetry Breaking in Pedestrian Dynamics},
  author={Nickolas A. Morton and Shaun C. Hendy},
  journal={arXiv: Physics and Society},
  year={2016}
}
When two pedestrians travelling in opposite directions approach one another, each must decide on which side (the left or the right) they will attempt to pass. If both make the same choice then passing can be completed with ease, while if they make opposite choices an embarrassing stand-off or collision can occur. Pedestrians who encounter each other frequently can establish "social norms" that bias this decision. In this study we investigate the effect of binary decision-making by pedestrians… 

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