The way people walk can give clues to how aggressive they are, a new exploratory study from the University of Portsmouth has found.
The researchers from the Department of Psychology assessed the personalities of 29 participants, before using motion capture technology to record them walking on a treadmill at their natural speed.
The study found that the exaggerated movement of both the upper and lower body indicated aggression.
Lead researcher Liam Satchell said: “When walking, the body naturally rotates a little; as an individual steps forward with their left foot, the left side of the pelvis will move forward with the leg, the left shoulder will move back and the right shoulder forward to maintain balance. An aggressive walk is one where this rotation is exaggerated.”