The environment affects the rhythm of human walking

A study by British scientists from the University of Bristol (UK) was published in the journal PLOS ONE. They have established a link between a person’s daily walk and his or her perception of the environment.

Researchers from the University of Bristol concluded that a person’s walking is closely related to his or her relationship to the environment. And it doesn’t depend on whether he lives in the city or often secludes himself in nature. Scientists have found that if the conditions are not comfortable for a person, the gait will be heavier and slower.

The author of this study, Daria Burtan of the Bristol School of Psychological Sciences reports that any change in a person’s walk, gives an idea of how he feels at a given time. This will make it possible to create architectural designs that take into account its impact on people and their comfortable lifestyles. Daria also noted that as people age, their cognitive knowledge is forgotten, and thus their steps become slower than when they were young. She and a group of scientists observed people who looked at images of cities and natural places and slowed down their movements if the pictures did not appeal to them.

In this way, a person’s gait can tell about their state of mind at the present time, as well as provide data on the development of architectural projects in a particular area.