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Building Trust Ensures Co-operation Among People by Synchronizing Their Heart Beats

by Reshma Anand on  September 9, 2015 at 6:47 PM Research News   - G J E 4
When you build trust among each other, your hearts get synchronized and beat as one, says a new study.
Building Trust Ensures Co-operation Among People by Synchronizing Their Heart Beats
Building Trust Ensures Co-operation Among People by Synchronizing Their Heart Beats
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Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark showed that there was a larger physiological response in the form of an increase and synchrony of the participants' heart rates in the "trust group" compared to the control group.

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"The heart rate synchrony is an indicator of rapport, affiliation and the improvement of group dynamics," said lead researcher and assistant professor Panagiotis Mitkidis.

To reach this conclusion, Mitkidis and colleagues studied the link between heart rate and trust. They had 37 pairs of participants do a cooperative task involving building Lego cars. The control group only did the lego task while a second group played an investment game in between the building sessions. The game, known as the "Public Goods Game" had the goal of including the element of trust in the experiment.

"A further indication of that is that heart rate synchrony is a significant predictor of expectations in the Public Goods Game, an indication of preferences and beliefs about the behavior of others," the authors pointed out.

The experiment revealed that heart rate synchronization was significantly higher in the "trust" group. Heart rate arousal was also significantly higher in the trust condition. The paper appeared in the Journal of Physiology and Behavior.

Source: IANS
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