Choir Members Hearts Beat as One

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Swedish researchers monitored the heart rates of a group of choral singers and discovered that not only are they singing in synchronicity, their hearts are beating together, too.

Swedish researchers monitored the heart rates of a group of choral singers and discovered that not only are they singing in synchronicity, their hearts are beating together, too.

As part of a larger study aimed at discovering the biological impacts of music on humans, the researchers examined the heartbeats of fifteen choir singers.

The high school singers were asked to perform various kinds of songs while their heart rates were being observed.

Lo and behold, when singing the same notes at the same times, the subjects’ pulses slowed and sped in unison as well.

The scientists believe it has to do with the breathing. They noted that the heart rate goes down on the exhale and up on the inhale.

Since singing occurs on the exhale and inhaling happens during pauses it makes sense that if everyone is singing the same song, their breathing would sync up.

According to their report the more structured the song, the more in unison the group’s heartbeats were.

This and the other research ventures in the study are hoped to open doors in the medical field for the use of music in rehabilitation and preventative care.