AuthorsS. Sen
TitleInterpersonal Synchronization of Breathing while Singing
AfilliationSoftware Engineering
Project(s)The Certus Centre (SFI)
Publication TypePublic outreach
Year of Publication2019
Keywordsbreathing, interpersonal synchronization, Sensors, singing

When people sing together their cardiac and respiratory rhythms synchronise as previously shown by Müller and Lindenberger. Inspired by the results of the study I asked myself a couple of questions:

To what extent do breathing patterns synchronise among a group of young high school students that have never sung songs together before?
Can singing together increase connectedness and generate uplifting peak experiences among young people in Norway?

The article presents the description of a workshop where high school students in Norway were taught to sing together in a choir. During the practice and a small final concert I measured their abdominal breathing patterns. This data was subject to some analysis to help me understand the degree of synchronization among the students. Finally, I discuss the basis for interpersonal synchronization and need for creating shared peak experiences among Norwegian youth.

Citation Key26995

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