Why do we rush in social interactions and what does it have to do with fireflies and sea shanties?

Thema: Naturwissenschaften
Schlagworte: Biologie, Musik und Soziales
Altersgruppe: 7 - 14 Jahre und 14+ Jahre
Zielgruppe: Barrierefrei, Experten, Familien mit Kindern, Gruppen, In English, Jugendliche, Lehrkräfte & Schüler:innen und Studierende

You will be able to participate in a short drumming experiment alone or together with others to experience how we investigate temporal coordination in humans. You will learn about how your social brain predicts others and how you adjust your actions to the actions of others. You will also experience what we might have in common with fireflies and why sea shanties were so important for sailors of the 19th century.

Durchschnittliche Verweildauer: 10 Minuten

Maximale Kapazität der Station: 4 Personen

At this station you will be able to investigate a coordination phenomenon called "Joint Rushing". Whenever we synchronize repeating actions with others such as in clapping together, making music together or walking together, we cannot help but increase the tempo of our actions. This is called "Joint" because it is specific to group activities and doesn't happen in individuals and the "Rushing" stands for the systematic tempo increase.

Here you will experience this Joint Rushing for yourself. You will also be able to control virtual fireflies to investigate a mechanism that insects use to synchronize their flashing signals or their calls. A very similar mechanism might be behind why we humans rush in group settings.

Increasing our tempo slightly might actually help us to coordinate with others and might be an evolutionary advantage. However, sometimes we need to synchronize at a very specific tempo, for example in group music making or when the interaction is exhausting such as in coordinated manual labor. This might be why humans developed time keeping devices such as metronomes and work songs such as sea shanties. 


Anfahrtsbeschreibung: Von der U1 Station Reumannplatz mit den Straßenbahnen 6 und 11 (Schrankenberggasse) direkt erreichbar. 5 Gehminuten von der D-Wagen Station Absberggasse.

Dieser Ausstellungsstandort ist barrierefrei zugänglich und verfügt über barrierefreie Toiletten.

Central European University
Department of Cognitive Science
Social Mind and Body Lab (SOMBY Lab)
Central European University (CEU)
Quellenstrasse, 51, 1100 Wien


Erster Einlass: 17:00
Letzter Einlass: 22:30


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