Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Innate Fist-Pumping

A recent report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (via NPR) suggests that victory celebrations (head back, chest out, arms raised) are more biological than cultural. Researchers say these behaviors reflect pride and are evolutionarily triggered to make the victor appear larger to potential enemies.

Maybe. But I'll really believe it when I see a chimp disco after spiking a football in the endzone or a gorilla pull his jersey over his head after scoring a goal.

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