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Wheatley calls it neural homophily the idea that like befriends like. This describes some people on the autism spectrum, but clicking has not been specifically studied in this population.

We feel more connected with people whose postures, vocal rhythms, facial expressions, and even eyeblinks match our own. Give Now. Even when controlling for similarities in age, gender, nationality, and ethnicity, brain-activity patterns were more similar between friends than friends of friends and greater-degrees-of-separation friends. By Kira M. Newman May 25, What is Social Intelligence?

Seeing someone you love suffer is hopefully an unusual experience, but neural synchrony occurs in mundane situations, as well. Become a subscribing member today. You click more with friends than with non-friends, which fits with our intuition that we resonate with some people more than others.

Your speech rhythms match. The brain regions with the most similar activity among friends included subcortical areas such as the nucleus accumbens and the amygdala, which are involved in motivation and processing emotions.

The experience of clicking can seem, in short, near-miraculous…which is just Free sex bbw Graz sort of challenge neuroscientists like. She also plans to study strangers, measure their neurological responses to video clips, and see if similarity predicts whether they become friends when they meet.

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In other words, maybe those traits made people friends, and the neural activity was secondary, a mere bystander to the actual Adult seeking hot sex Connecticut. Your body language matches, what catches your attention catches his, you become impatient at the same time about the same things.

These brain waves are a mark of focused attention.

But the experience of clicking is unforgettable. As her partner offered comfort and sympathy, the researchers measured brain activity in each partner. Each couple was in sync, mirroring one another neurologically in terms of what they were focusing on—her pain, his efforts to comfort her maybe Sexy teen near Eau Claire thoughts about volunteering for scientific experiments.

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The scientists knew they had Richmond Virginia horny women settle that, and they think they did. This article was originally published in the August issue of Mindful magazine. The emerging understanding of clicking might shed light on some social mysteries.

You clicked with them. She writes a regular column for Mindful magazine called Brain Science.

Get the science of a meaningful life delivered to your inbox. Conversation flows like rushing water, unimpeded by a single awkward silence and unruffled by even a moment of annoyance, puzzlement, or misunderstanding: the social equivalent of a flawless, gold-medal ski run. That raises the question of whether demographic traits cause particular neural patterns.

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If so, then similar brain-activity patterns in friends would simply be the result of people with similar education levels, ethnicities, and other traits—perhaps including ideological beliefs, recreational interests, and cultural preferences—gravitating toward one another. Read Wife looking sex Joseph City original article.

Wheatley and her colleagues used standard statistical techniques to measure whether neural patterns were a so-called independent variable, not a mere reflection of something else such as a demographic variable.

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There seem to be neurobiological reasons for that. The complex things we do together—playing soccer, architecture, creating the internet, not to mention simply getting along—require us to quickly coordinate our actions.

Short of connecting brains with electrodes to sync their activity, there might be a way to increase your chances Buddy or wingman needed clicking. Everything the other person says resonates with you. They were. She is conducting further studies to see whether shared experience drives neural similarity.