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|Title:||Synchrony and exertion during dance independently raise pain threshold and encourage social bonding|
|Keywords:||Dance;Synchrony;Social bonding;Self–other merging;Endorphins|
|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.|
|Appears in Collections:||Psychology|
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