Margarete Boos, Johannes Pritz, Simon Lange, and Michael Belz (2014)

Leadership in Moving Human Groups

PLOS Computational Biology, 10(4):e1003541.

Author Summary Our article gives empirical evidence of group coordination mechanisms and basic rules of leadership that assist in leading a human group. Using a computer-based multi-client game that blocks explicit signals or other typical human information transfer, we offer a model of human group movement patterns applicable to group scenarios such as emergency, rescue, and sports where inter-individual communication is hindered but the reading of movement is still possible. Results show that even in these communication-restricted situations, movement of an informed minority that is efficient and consistent can effectively pull the majority towards a target goal.