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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