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Your Walking Style Reflects Your Mind – Imitate a Happy or Sad Way of Walking and Affect Your Mood.

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Slumped shoulders, high bouncing along shoulders, tight shoulders and more all reflect our mood. Happy, sad, angry and etc.

Researchers recently have shown how this can work the other way, — making people imitate a happy, sad, angry, tense and etc. shows how walking actually affects their mood.

People who were prompted to walk in a more depressed style, with less arm movement and their shoulders rolled forward, experienced worse moods than those who were induced to walk in a happier style.

>CIFAR Senior Fellow Nikolaus Troje (Queen’s University), “It is not surprising that our mood, the way we feel, affects how we walk, but we want to see whether the way we move also affects how we feel,” Troje says.

>“They would learn very quickly to walk the way we wanted them to walk,” Troje says.

Subjects were asked to write down as many words as they could remember from the earlier list of positive and negative emotions and thoughts.

The study also contributes to the questions asked in CIFAR’s Neural Computation & Adaptive Perception program, which aims to unlock the mystery of how our brains convert sensory stimuli into information and to recreate human-style learning in computers.

>“As social animals we spend so much time watching other people, and we are experts at retrieving information about other people from all sorts of different sources,” Troje says. Those sources include facial expression, posture and body movement. Developing a better understanding of the biological algorithms in our brains that process stimuli — including information from our own movements — can help researchers develop better artificial intelligence, while learning more about ourselves in the process.


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