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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

"Does Art Move Us on a Physiological Level?"

Posted by Alison Hallett on Tue, Oct 8, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Here's a great artsy, nerdy thing: A bunch of scientists plugged sensors into actor/awesome guy Stephen Frye and comedian Alan Davies, and measured their heart rate, blood pressure, and other physiological responses while they watched a performance of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra at the Royal Opera House. The subsequent panel discussion is a fascinating and quite funny look at what's happening inside of us when we have an emotional response to art. (A fun fact I learned: People are far more likely to be "moved to tears" by music than by any other art form.)

h/t to Open Culture.

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