Collective Motion of Moshers at Heavy Metal Concerts

Condensed Matter journal club

Collective Motion of Moshers at Heavy Metal Concerts

  • Event time: 11:30am
  • Event date: 12th April 2013
  • Speaker: (School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
  • Location: Room 2511,

Event details

Abstract

Human collective behavior can vary from calm to panicked depending on social context. Using videos publicly available online, we study the highly energized collective motion of attendees at heavy metal concerts. We find these extreme social gatherings generate similarly extreme behaviors: a disordered gas-like state called a mosh pit and an ordered vortex-like state called a circle pit. Both phenomena are reproduced in flocking simulations demonstrating that human collective behavior is consistent with the predictions of simplified models.
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Authors

Jesse L. Silverberg, Matthew Bierbaum, James P. Sethna, Itai Cohen