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What determines walking direction in humans?

What determines walking direction in humans?



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I've wondered about this for a while, without being able to come up with an answer.

Is there a body part that single-handedly determines the direction we're walking in? Is it a group of body parts that make us "steer" when walking?

I took a look at the behavior of some body parts while walking, and I came to the conclusion that:

  • it's not the direction the feet are pointed to, as you can turn them in or out while maintaining your path
  • it's not your head, of course, as you can be looking at any direction while maintaining your path
  • it's not your hips either, as you can move them freely without changing path (although I wouldn't suggest trying that in front of people)

As much as this sounds like a silly question, I still haven't been able to get to an answer. Any input is appreciated.


Watch the video: Optical Marionette: Graphical Manipulation of Humans Walking Direction (August 2022).