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To conduct such researches Norwegian Championship of Standstill was organized.

New study about music-related motions shows that dancing and music are interrelated. A wish of dancing emerges unconsciously while listening to music.

To find out how does the music influence our organism Norwegian scientists measured hundreds of people while they listened to music. The aim of observation was to find the micro-moves evoked by beats of folk, traditional and contemporary music. It is turned out that it is almost impossible not to move and stand still when you hear music.

Alexander Refsum Jensenius, Ph.D. from the Oslo University, says that no one can manage to stand still. Although the participants tried their best in standing still, the technique recorded micro movements.  The most notable effect was caused by EDM music, says Jensenius.

To expand the research and get more results, scientists created a contest called Norwegian Championship of StandStill. Competitors have to stand motionlessly for 6 minutes in silence and listening to different music styles and genres. Don’t mind all endeavours, every participant recorded some micro-moves. The winner had the best result 3.9 millimeters a second.

 Jensenius and other researchers at the University of RITMO tried miscellaneous musical instruments and styles, even a metronome. It evokes some moves, less than music, but much more than standing in complete silence. Rhythmic patterns seemingly influence our moves. Jensenius claims that the more sophisticated and difficult in composition music is the more impact it has on us.

No wonder that in the research EDM had the most notable effect on human movements. According to the study, the composition of EDM forces us to dance with unnatural energy. Beats, drops, bridges and other structural components along with tempo and track development evoke the wish to dance deep within our brain.