Symphony synchrony! Audience members' heart rates sync up at classical concerts, study finds

Victoria Allen

Daily Mail (UK)



Listening to classical music can get the hearts of an audience at a concert beating in sync.

Their emotional response to a symphony can even cause classical musical fans to start breathing at a similar rate and move similarly in their chairs.

Researchers recruited 132 concert-goers in Berlin, aged 18 to 85, who listened to a string quintet playing music from Beethoven, Brahms and the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s current composer-in-residence, Brett Dean. (…)