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A new study has found that the spinning behavior in apes could be linked to their mood and senses.

A new study has revealed that apes like gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos, and orangutans spin round and round to make themselves dizzy because they enjoy the feeling it gives them.

According to researchers from the University of Warwick and the University of Birmingham, this behavior, which they say is almost like dancing, could also tell us something about early human behavior.

The study analysed 40 online videos of apes spinning, with the animals spinning an average of five and a half times per episode and reaching an average speed of one and a half revolutions per second. The scientists found that the apes spin around because it helps improve their mood, social bonding, and boosts their senses.

Dr. Adriano Lameira, associate professor of psychology at the University of Warwick and co-leader of the study, said, “Spinning alters our state of consciousness, it messes up our coordination, which makes us feel sick, lightheaded, and even elated as in the case of children playing in merry-go-rounds, spinner-wheels, and carousels.”