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Two hearts in love can beat as one: Study

Posted on Feb 13, 06:27PM | IANS

London, Feb 13 : Sitting side by side with your beloved could synchronise both of your heart beats and breathing patterns, reveals a new study.

Researchers from the University of California-Davis conducted a series of exercises on 32 straight couples, who were made to sit a few feet away from each other in a quiet room but not allowed to speak or touch.

The data revealed both partners showed similar patterns of heart rate and respiration. But women tended to adjust theirs to their partners more. "In other words, we found that women adjust in relationship to their partners," said Jonathan Helm, study co-author and doctoral student at California, the journal Emotion reports.

Emilio Ferrer, professor at California, who led the study, said: "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."

"Her heart rate is linked to her partner's. I think it means women have a strong link to their partners - perhaps more empathy," said Ferrer, according to the Daily Mail.

The couples were then mixed up and performed the same exercises with a stranger. This time their hearts did not show synchrony, nor did their breathing closely match.

It follows a study at the Denmark's Aarhus University that found watching a friend go through a stressful situation can synchronise both of your heart rates.