An academic paper on mosh pits has been published.
The paper, titled Collective Motion of Moshers at Heavy Metal Concerts, has been published in the field of Physics and Society by the Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics and Department of Physics at Cornell University in New York.
The paper draws an analogy between mosh pits and the ‘kinetics of gaseous particles’. The introduction to the paper, which was written by Jesse L Silverberg, Matthew Bierbaum, James P Sethna and Itai Cohen states:
Human collective behaviour can vary from calm to panicked depending on social context. Using videos publicly available online, we study the highly energized collective motion of attendees at heavy metal concerts.
It continues: “We find these extreme social gatherings generate similarly extreme behaviours: a disordered gas-like state called a mosh pit and an ordered vortex-like state called a circle pit. Both phenomena are reproduced in flocking simulations demonstrating that human collective behaviour is consistent with the predictions of simplified models.”
Read the short, four page paper at here.