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Holding hands can literally synchronize your brain waves, relieve pain

By Patrick following x   2018 Mar 3, 12:10am 718 views   3 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    

Reach for the hand of a loved one in pain and not only will your breathing and heart rate synchronize with theirs, your brain wave patterns will couple up too, according to a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

The study, by researchers with the University of Colorado Boulder and University of Haifa, also found that the more empathy a comforting partner feels for a partner in pain, the more their brainwaves fall into sync. And the more those brain waves sync, the more the pain goes away.

"We have developed a lot of ways to communicate in the modern world and we have fewer physical interactions," said lead author Pavel Goldstein, a postdoctoral pain researcher in the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at CU Boulder. "This paper illustrates the power and importance of human touch."

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. It is the first to look at brain wave synchronization in the context of pain, and offers new insight into the role brain-to-brain coupling may play in touch-induced analgesia, or healing touch.

1   Ceffer   ignore (1)   2018 Mar 3, 12:17am   ↑ like (6)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

My wife is even more amazing than this. She can send me bitch waves across the house without even touching.
2   Patrick   ignore (1)   2018 Mar 3, 10:36am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Lol. I know what you mean, but mostly I find I'm eerily in sync with my wife. We very frequently come up with the same thought at the same moment.
3   Patrick   ignore (1)   2018 Mar 3, 3:18pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I wonder if the effect could be from subtle bio-electrical communication via holding hands.

Seems plausible that such communication could take place, given that there is a bit of salt and moisture on our hands.

And if that is how it works, then maybe there are even weirder forms of communication going on during sex, which is ultimately about the transmission of information anyway.

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