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Title: Synchrony and exertion during dance independently raise pain threshold and encourage social bonding
Authors: Tarr, B
Launay, J
Cohen, E
Dunbar, R
Keywords: Dance;Synchrony;Social bonding;Self–other merging;Endorphins
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Royal Society
Citation: Biology Letters,11, (10): (2015)
Abstract: Group dancing is a ubiquitous human activity that involves exertive synchronized movement to music. It is hypothesized to play a role in social bonding, potentially via the release of endorphins, which are analgesic and rewardinducing, and have been implicated in primate social bonding. We used a 2 2 experimental design to examine effects of exertion and synchrony on bonding. Both demonstrated significant independent positive effects on pain threshold (a proxy for endorphin activation) and in-group bonding. This suggests that dance which involves both exertive and synchronized movement may be an effective group bonding activity.
ISSN: 1744-9561
Appears in Collections:Psychology

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