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One of the First Major Outbreaks of St. John's Dance

Germany was the site of one of the first outbreaks of dancing mania, a phenomenon seen primarily in mainland Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries. During such outbreaks, groups of up to thousands of people would dance uncontrollably, screaming, shouting, and claiming to have visions until they collapsed from exhaustion. Initially considered a curse sent by a saint, usually St. John the Baptist, it was called "St. John's Dance." To what do researchers now attribute the strange behavior?



The Discovery Expedition

In 1901, the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society organized a British expedition to Antarctica aboard the Discovery. The voyage was led by Robert Falcon Scott and its purpose was to allow for the study and exploration of the continent, which was then largely untouched. The expedition yielded several discoveries, such as an emperor penguin colony at Cape Crozier and King Edward VII Land, but it has been asserted that its main failure was its inability to master what technique?

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Ernst Heinrich Weber

Weber was a German physiologist who is known for his work on touch and for the formulation of Weber's law—which states that the increase in stimulus necessary to produce an increase in sensation is not fixed but depends on the strength of the preceding stimulus. Weber's law led to the discipline of psychophysics and serves as the basis of the scales used to measure the loudness of sounds. He is considered a founder of experimental psychology and is also known for what discoveries in anatomy?

Last updated on Friday, 24th June 2011

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