Walking in Circles

TUEBINGEN, Germany (AP) - If you ever get the feeling that you're just walking in circles, relax -- it's only natural.

Researchers are finding evidence to back up the belief that people who try to walk a straight line will generally find themselves going in circles.

The study by European researchers appears in Current Biology.

The lead researcher says studies of nine people who were walking in the desert and in a forest found that all of them tended to go in circles or veer from a straight line if there was nothing to guide their way.

Six of the subjects were taken to a large but flat forest and told to walk a straight line. They all ended up walking in circles despite thinking they were going straight.

The walkers were all tracked with GPS devices, and their routes were digitally mapped.

On the Net: http://www.cell.com/current-biology/

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