Two hearts DO beat as one, when people synchronise
Two hearts beat as one! People subconsciously synchronise their heart rates while listening to stories, based on the narrative, study finds
- Experts led from the Paris Brain Institute played people stories or instructions
- The team monitored heart and breathing rates as the audio was listened to
- They found that the subjects tended to synchronise their heart rate to the story
- The same thing occurred even when the audio had no emotional component
- However, the more distracted people were, the less synchronised they were
When people listen to stories, they subconsciously synchronise their heart rates with the narrative — and, therefore, each other — a study has demonstrated.
The finding builds on previous studies that found that people often sync up bodily functions like heartbeats or breathing when undergoing a shared experience.
Experts led from the Paris Brain Institute found a similar phenomenon occurs even when people are listening to a story on their own, as long as they pay attention.
The finding could help to develop a new and easy-to-administer hospital test to determine the level of a given patient's consciousness.
When people listen to stories, they subconsciously synchronise their heart rates with the narrative — and, therefore, each other — a study has demonstrated
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