Sunday, 23 June 2013

The Science Of How Applause Spreads In An Audience

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Sorry, Toastmasters. When people clap at a performance, they're not really driven by how much they enjoyed what they saw, according to a new study by a team of mathematicians and biologists from Sweden and Germany. Instead, they decide how long to applaud based on the applause they hear around them.

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