The Checkup: Lovers’ Hearts Actually Do Beat as One, Study Says
Okay, okay, I know it’s Valentine’s Day, and I know it’s a tad cliche to talk about romance and love and hearts and all that today, but I just couldn’t resist this one. A new study out of UC Davis found that the heart rates of couples in romantic relationships naturally sync up when they’re together. What’s more, their breathing patterns get on the same inhale/exhale rhythm, too.
“We’ve seen a lot of research that one person in a relationship can experience what the other person is experiencing emotionally, but this study shows they also share experiences at a physiological level,” study author Emilio Ferrar, a psychology professor, said in a press release.
To arrive at this conclusion, Ferrar and his team led 32 heterosexual couples through a series of exercises while sitting quietly a few feet away from each other. The couples were hooked up to machines that measured their respiration and heart rates. Without ever touching or talking, researchers noticed that couples’ heart rates and breathing patterns began to match up. And when they looked at the breathing and heart rates of two subjects who weren’t in a relationship, they didn’t see the same synchrony. Neat, right?
Now if only my hubby could start reading my mind …
UPDATE: I’ve had a very serious request to embed this video here. You’re welcome.