Music and dance strengthen cohesion

Music combines body synchronization with positive emotions. We experience this when we dance together with music; it gives a sense of harmony and fellowship dancing together. Now this observation is also supported by a scientific study experimentally demonstrating that when we move our bodies synchronously together with music that we enjoy, the sense of togetherness increases. While the sense of cohesion is lower when we move asynchronously.

The study, which was recently published in Scientific Reports, was carried out by postdoc Jan Stupacher and colleagues at the Center for Music in the Brain, a collaboration between Aarhus University and RAMA, supported by the Danish National Research Foundation. The researchers exposed subjects from around the world to a series of similar experiments online and subsequently analyzed the results. The article is freely available here.

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