Classical music synchronises the audience's heartbeats and sweating

Jason Arunn Murugesu

New Scientist



Audience members’ heartbeats, breathing speeds and even degree of sweating synchronise when they watch a classical music concert together.

Wolfgang Tschacher at the University of Bern in Switzerland and his colleagues monitored 132 people who were separated into three groups to watch different concerts of the same pieces of music – Ludwig van Beethoven’s Op. 104 in C minor, Brett Dean’s Epitaphs and Johannes Brahms’s Op. 111 in G major – while wearing body sensors.

Various measurements became more synchronised during the concerts, such as the participants’ heart rates, breathing speeds and their skin conductance, which measures how much someone is sweating based on their skin’s varying electrical properties. (…)