Sumary of People synchronize heart rates while listening attentively to stories:
- People often unconsciously synchronize bodily functions like heartbeat and breathing when they share an experience, such as a live performance or have a personal conversation.
- According to a new study, subjects’ heart rates synchronize even if they are just listening to a story by themselves, and this synchronization only occurs when the subjects are paying attention to the story.
- “There’s a lot of literature demonstrating that people synchronize their physiology with each other.
- But the premise is that somehow you’re interacting and physically present the same place,” says co-senior author Lucas Parra, a professor at City College of New York.
- ” “What’s important is that the listener is paying attention to the actions in the story,” adds co-senior author Jacobo Sitt (@jdsitt), a researcher at the Paris Brain Institute and Inserm.
- In the first, healthy volunteers listened to an audiobook of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
- In the second experiment, volunteers watched short instructional videos.
- Because the videos were educational with no underlying emotional variations, this experiment confirmed that emotional engagement in a story was not playing a part.