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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By Ian Randall / Daily Mail Reporter
(Source: dailymail.co.uk; September 15, 2021; https://tinyurl.com/yzjohgz2)
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