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Title: Strangers, friends, and lovers show different physiological synchrony in different emotional states
Authors: Bizzego, Andrea
Azhari, Atiqah
Campostrini, Nicola
Truzzi, Anna
Ng, Li Ying
Gabrieli, Giulio
Bornstein, Marc H.
Setoh, Peipei
Esposito, Gianluca
Keywords: Social sciences::Psychology
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Bizzego, A., Azhari, A., Campostrini, N., Truzzi, A., Ng, L. Y., Gabrieli, G., . . . & Esposito, G. (2020). Strangers, friends, and lovers show different physiological synchrony in different emotional states. Behavioral Sciences, 10(1), 11-. doi:10.3390/bs10010011
Project: MOE2016-SSRTG-017, PS
Journal: Behavioral Sciences
Abstract: The mere copresence of another person synchronizes physiological signals, but no study has systematically investigated the effects of the type of emotional state and the type of relationship in eliciting dyadic physiological synchrony. In this study, we investigated the synchrony of pairs of strangers, companions, and romantic partners while watching a series of video clips designed to elicit different emotions. Maximal cross-correlation of heart rate variability (HRV) was used to quantify dyadic synchrony. The findings suggest that an existing social relationship might reduce the predisposition to conform one's autonomic responses to a friend or romantic partner during social situations that do not require direct interaction.
ISSN: 2076-328X
DOI: 10.3390/bs10010011
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Rights: © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
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