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  • When Hearts Beat as One

    Discover - 02/15/2022

    In her book Seven and a Half Lessons about the Brain, Lisa Feldman Barrett, a neuroscientist at Northeastern University, suggests that all this synchronizing is just a part of being a social species — and often a very advantageous part. “One advantage,” she writes, “is that we live longer if we have close, supportive relationships with other people… If you and your partner feel that your relationship is intimate and caring, that you’re responsive to each other’s needs, and that life seems easy and enjoyable when you’re together, both of you are less likely to get sick. If you’re already sick with a serious illness, such as cancer or heart disease, you’re more likely to get better.”

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