• Question: why do we procrastonate? and walk in different ways?

    Asked by khizarsiqbal to Pete on 15 Jun 2012.
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      Pete Etchells answered on 15 Jun 2012:

      We’re still trying to figure out why people procrastinate, as it’s quite a complex behaviour for someone to be involved in. Some scientists think it’s related to anxiety – so if you’re stressed out, it makes you more likely to procrastinate. Others think it’s to do with impulsivity – if you’re very impulsive and do things on a whim, you might also be more distractible, making you more likely to procrastinate when you’re working.

      We’re also still trying to work out why we walk in different ways, too! It’s mostly likely dependent on your mood and the situation you’re in – so if you’re being stalked by something scary, you’re more likely to try and walk in a quiet way. If you’ve just won an award and are proud of yourself, you’re probably more likely to walk in a very confident manner! I’m doing research at the minute that looks at if aspects of people’s personalities are reflected in the way that they walk, and whether those differences can be seen by other people. We’ve not got the results yet though!