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What is the power behind a shared experience?

In my Bioelectricity class this week, We learned that it is the low resistance pathways between the billions of myocardial cells in the heart that allow this amazing organ to beat in synchrony. We also learned that in a particular study, one subject's EKG could be measured on another person's EEG simply through touch (http://www.reiki.org/Download/electricity_of_touch1.pdf). It's incredible to think that a signal we are not consciously aware of can have a measurable impact on another person's mind and even heart.

Thinking more broadly: Who hasn't felt an urge to yawn within a few minutes of being in the presence of other yawning people? Or burst out laughing over an absurd happening that might not really have been funny? We encounter these types of shared experiences throughout our everyday lives.

Low resistance enables heart cells work together in synchrony. How can we
as species, work together taking advantage of our connected world?

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  • Mar 23 2012: Give and accept more hugs.
    • Mar 25 2012: Haha I like this idea.
      According to this article, http://www-psych.stanford.edu/~knutson/ans/kosfeld05.pdf , the stimulus of touch can increase trust and relieve stress between people because of the release of oxytocin.
      An experiment, http://www-psych.stanford.edu/~knutson/ans/kosfeld05.pdf, serves to point out that oxytocin does increase trust, but it is context dependent. As in, randomly touching people will not necessarily increase trust.
      • Mar 26 2012: I recently listened to a talk by Dr. Norm Shealy (energypsychology.com) about the correlation between oxytocin deficiency and various psychological diseases including depression, ADD and schizophrenia. If oxytocin is not established during birth then it becomes harder to do so later on in life.

        Oxytocin levels can be increased through pleasant experiences like listening to relaxing music, receiving hugs, etc.

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