Can mosh pits explain riots and responses to disaster?Submitted by ralph hornsby on Thu, 02/21/2013 - 02:14
New Study Analyzes Heavy Metal Dancing
Heavy metal dancing follows predictable patterns of particle physics, study says.
Parents may never understand their rock 'n' roll loving children, but scientists might. A study published online in arXiv this week seeks to explain the "mosh pit"—using physics.
"Herd animals behave in very similar spirit—what physicists call 'flocking' behavior," said Bierbaum. (See "The Genius of Swarms," from the July 2007 issue of National Geographic magazine.) ***interactive computer model depicting the behavior-you might want to turn down your volume- http://mattbierbaum.github.com/moshpits.js/
As with groups of flying birds or schooling fish, simple rules can be applied to individuals in large groups—like moshers—to understand what seems to be very complex behavior. This makes modeling possible, allowing computers to re-create immense numbers of actions in a matter of seconds. These models can then be used to design spaces that would minimize trampling or injury, or to tailor responses to disasters like fires.
"The lessons we've learned in mosh pits [could be used] to build better stadiums, or movie theaters," Silverberg said.