• Academy researcher in "Nature"

    13th of December 2016 · tags:

    Last Friday Scientific Reports, which is part of the very renowned journal "Nature", brought an article by Academy research professor Peter Vuust and his colleagues at the Centre for Music in the Brain. The researchers have experimented with the so-called "love hormone" oxytocin and demonstrated a correlation between this hormone and the ability to clap along.

    Oxytocin is a naturally occurring hormone that affects social interaction. For example, oxytocin helps to get the milk to flow from a mother who is breast-feeding. For the same reason, the hormone is referred to as "love drug".

    Also it is well known that we feel more connected to each other when we synchronize our movements, for example by marching, clapping, dancing or playing music. The experiments show that the ability to clap along increased through the influence of oxytocin - and it suggests that the hormone has a direct impact on the ability to synchronize and thus indirectly to cooperate and enter into affiliation. Thus one of the key players in relation to understand the sense of community is identified, and thus also a small piece of the big questions about why we have music is
    found, Peter Vuust says.

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