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Silent disco: Dancing in synchrony leads to elevated pain thresholds and social closeness

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Moving in synchrony leads to cooperative behavior and feelings of social closeness, and dance (involving synchronization to others and music) may cause social bonding, possibly as a consequence of released endorphins. This study uses an experimental paradigm to determine which aspects of synchrony in dance are associated with changes in pain threshold (a proxy for endorphin release) and social bonding between strangers. Those who danced in synchrony experienced elevated pain thresholds, where...

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Published
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Peer reviewed
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Accepted manuscript

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10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2016.02.004

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University of Oxford
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Oxford, MSD, Experimental Psychology
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University of Oxford
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Oxford, MSD, Experimental Psychology
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University of Oxford
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Oxford, MSD, Experimental Psychology
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Advanced Investigator grant 295663
Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Evolution and Human Behavior Journal website
Volume:
37
Issue:
5
Pages:
343-349
Publication date:
2016-02-24
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ISSN:
1090-5138
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uuid:73a6aa4b-f106-461d-94df-bfda97a8ec1e
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610414
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pubs:610414
Paper number:
5

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