Building Trust: Increased Heart Rate Synchrony during Joint Action

People who trust each other often find their hearts beat in step with one another when collaborating on a task. Scientists are puzzled by the phenomenon. Throughout human evolution, cooperation has always been a vital ingredient in our species’ survival. When we work together, we can solve bigger and more complex tasks. This applies to everything from chasing and catching prey, to building a new house. A new study, published in the Journal of Physiology and Behavior, finds that when two people work together on a task–and trust each other–their hearts begin to beat in sync. The scientists behind the study are perplexed by the results.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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