Pairs consist of two Elderly They’re cool, but – according to science – they also have very interesting curious and scientific quirks.
For example, it was discovered recently Older couples It has an amazing quality: it synchronizes your heart rate when you are together.
Why does this happen? Here we explain everything that is known about this biological property.
Seniors and their timing
according to studying From researchers at the University of Illinois pulses and near ten pairs of Elderly, who has been married for several decades.
The team of experts found that when two spouses are in close proximity, one individual in each pair affects heart rate On the other hand, synchronize its frequency.
With this, it has been discovered that older couples unconsciously sync up heart rate when they are together.
Why does this happen?
The reason behind this biological curiosity has yet to be discovered with certainty, but there are some clues.
For example, it is believed that as couples age together, they synchronize many of their daily activities, from their wake-up calls to meal times.
Thus, experts believe that physical proximity Between couples who have been living together for decades leads to biological mechanisms that lead to synchronization heart rate.
“When couples are close, their heart rate patterns indicate a collectively important interaction in some way.”
During the study, 10 married heterosexual couples, each of whom had been in a relationship for 14 to 65 years and ranging in age from 64 to 88 years, were recruited and monitored for two full weeks.
Each participant wore a Fitbit bracelet throughout the day to measure their range heart rate In real time, the second device measures the proximity to your partner.
Each day the study continued, the scientists conducted evening surveys with couples about their health, well-being, and relationship dynamics throughout the day.
The team found that the couple’s heart rates were synchronously led by one part of the pair and the next one.
Sometimes the husband drove the heartbeat, other times the wife.
The future of the elderly
According to experts, the results of this research will help to understand more about long-term human relationships.
“If we really want to understand the unique patterns of interaction that occur within pairs, we must begin to turn our attention to microprocessors, the little patterns of interaction that accumulate over the course of a day,” said Professor Brian Ogolsky.
Thus, this is another step in discovering how long-term relationships change us, from an almost unstudied point of view.
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