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26 September 2017

"Interpersonal Synchronisation”

People who love each other can have a real and beneficial physical and health impact on one another simply by touching. Research conducted on 22 couples indicates that when an empathetic partner holds their lover's hand, any pain experienced by the partner diminishes while the couple’s breathing and heart rates become synchronised. Describing this so-called "interpersonal synchronisation” effect, lead author of the study, Pavel Goldstein, says that "the more empathic the partner and the stronger the analgesic effect, the higher the synchronisation between the two when they are touching".

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