The healing power of theatre, to create community!
Neuroscientists have now proven what theatre folk have felt for years. The heart beats of audience members actually synchronize and beat together in unison when watching a live performance of a play or musical.
The research was conducted by the University College London Division of Psychological and Language Sciences. The team studied the heart rates and skin responses of twelve participants as they watched a live performance of Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre on the West End.
The scientists found that as well as individuals’ emotional responses, the audience members’ hearts were also responding in unison, with their pulses speeding up and slowing down at the same rate, regardless of if they knew each other or not.
Dr Joe Devlin, who led the study, said: “Usually, a group of individuals will each have their own heart rates and rhythms, with little relationship to each other. But romantic couples or highly effective teammates will…
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