By Cassie Shortsleeve
Your girlfriend could be rubbing off on you: lovers’ hearts beat as one, according to new research from the University of California, Davis. But it’s not as creepy as it sounds!
In a recent study, the scientists measured the heart rates of 32 couples who stared at each other for 3 minutes without touching or speaking.
The result: close companions showed similar heart rate patterns and breathed in and out around the same times. What’s more, when the participants swapped partners (fun!), heart rates and breathing patterns didn’t match anymore.
Researchers think that when you and your mate are in sync emotionally, it also manifests through other channels, like physiological responses. And if that’s not bizarre enough, here are four more weird effects she has on you. Don’t worry: most of them are good!
Feb 27, 2013