Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Michael Phelps' victory dance is innate, scientists say

A study finds that blind athletes strike the same exuberant poses as their sighted counterparts -- as do other primates.

Chimps do it. Gorillas do it. Michael Phelps does it too.

The exuberant dance of victory -- arms thrust toward the sky and chest puffed out at a defeated opponent -- turns out to be an instinctive trait of all primates -- humans included, according to research released Monday.