Skip to content

Your culture influences the way you dance

December 21, 2009


London, Dec 21 (IANS) One’s cultural affiliations have a bearing on the way one dances, according to a new study.

The way people remember dance moves depends on the culture they come from, the study says.

Whereas a German or other Westerners might think in terms of ‘step to the right, step to the left,’ a nomadic hunter-gatherer from Namibia might think something more like ‘step to the east, step to the west’.

Those differences aren’t just a matter of language; rather, they reflect differences in the way the mind encodes and remembers spatial relationships.

“The human mind varies more across cultures than we generally assume,” said Daniel Haun of the Max Planck Research Group for Comparative Cognitive Anthropology.


No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: