The amount of applause a performance receives may be more down to the dynamics of the crowd.
A new study examined the way in which applause starts and ends, revealing that the length and intensity of clapping is more down to how people in the crowd behave more than it is down to the quality of the performance. It can take just a small number of people to begin applauding to generate a full ovation and it can take just a couple of people to stop clapping to bring the applause to a halt.
"You can get quite different lengths of applause - even if you have the same quality of performance," said Lead author Dr Richard Mann. "This is purely coming form the dynamics of the people in the crowd."
"The quality of a performance does not drive the amount of applause an audience gives, a study suggests."
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