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STUDY: Hearts beat in unison as voices sing as one

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 6:38pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 6:41pm

A study conducted by a Swedish scientist discovered that when people sing together, not only are their voices in unison—so are their heart beats.

Dr. Michael Thrasher, Director of performing arts at the University of Texas at Tyler says, "If you breathe together you play together, if you breathe together you sing together." And this study shows if you breath together, your hearts beat together.

Often times singers inhale and exhale at similar times Dr. Thrasher says. The study suggests your heartbeat is connected to your breathing pattern; it's called, respiratory sinus arrhythmia, RSA.

Researchers also found that each singer's heartbeat was linked to the song's melody, following the speed and structure of the sound.

Danielle Benitez, vocal education student at UT Tyler says, “I can totally see how heart rate and breathing and everything can synchronize,” but Benitez says, her singing goes beyond rhythm and even heart rhythm, "It's more of like a soul connection," she says.

Benitez says, says while singing with others the experience is more than musical, "It's a really good uniting force, everyone working together for the same goal, it's very powerful," she says.

The study also shows singing sweet sounds also have positive effects on your health and well being.
Not only that a study conducted by the Texas Music Educators Association proves that students involved with music in school also have better attendance, better grades and better over academic performance in many subjects, 22 percent of students who were in a fine or performing art class scored higher than the national average on the S.A.T exam, and 25 percent of students scored higher than the Texas average on the S.A.T.

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