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Andreas Roepstorff

Quantifying collective effervescence: Heart-rate dynamics at a fire-walking ritual

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  • Section for Anthropology and Ethnography
  • Center for Functionally Integrative Neuroscience
Collective rituals are ubiquitous and resilient features of all known human cultures. They are also functionally opaque, costly, and sometimes dangerous. Social scientists have speculated that collective rituals generate benefits in excess of their costs by reinforcing social bonding and group solidarity, yet quantitative evidence for these conjectures is scarce. Our recent study measured the physiological effects of a highly arousing Spanish fire-walking ritual, revealing shared patterns in heart-rate dynamics between participants and related spectators. We briefly describe our results, and consider their implications.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCommunicative & Integrative Biology
Volume4
Issue6
Pages (from-to)735-8
Number of pages4
ISSN1942-0889
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Research areas

  • joint action, arousal, synchrony, anthropology

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