During Effective Communication, Participants’ Brains Synchronize

neural coupling

Researchers studying human conversation have discovered the brains of listeners and speakers become synchronized, and this “neural coupling” makes for effective communication. In essence, the participants’ brains connect in a kind of “mind meld.”

Psychologist Uri Hasson from Princeton University wanted to find out which areas of the brain were active during speaking and listening to a conversation to test a hypothesis that there is more overlap between these brain areas than generally assumed. It has been noted, for example, that people taking part in conversations will often subconsciously imitate each other’s grammar, rates of speaking and even gestures and posture.

PhysOrg: Good conversation results in a ‘mind meld’

(via Kyle)


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