Holding hands can ease pain and sync brainwaves

A new study from the the University of Colorado at Boulder shows that reaching for the hand of a loved one in pain can ease and synchronise breathing and heart rate.  The study is the latest in a growing body of research exploring a phenomenon known as “interpersonal synchronization” in which people physiologically mirror the people they are with.

Journal reference:  Pavel Goldstein, Irit Weissman-Fogel, Guillaume Dumas, Simone G. Shamay-Tsoory. Brain-to-brain coupling during handholding is associated with pain reduction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2018; 201703643 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1703643115

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