Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Can you hear your own heartbeat? You may be able to read minds

bubble.jpg

As superpowers go, mind reading is probably much more useful – and discrete – than brute strength and web shooters, but surely just as unrealistic?

Not necessarily. New research suggests people who can hear their own heartbeat are more likely to know what others are thinking.


Read more: This gym is trialling 45-minute nap classes to reinvigorate the mind


A study by scientists at Angela Ruskin University, published in the journal Cortex, found that participants better able to count their own heartbeats without manually locating their pulses were more perceptive and empathetic when it came to reading other people’s emotions.

Psychologist Punit Shah, who led the research, explains: “An example of this could be if your colleague Michael is aggressive towards Sandra on public transport, your body processes this by increasing your heart rate, perhaps making you feel awkward and anxious, enabling you to understand that Sandra is embarrassed.

"If you do not feel your heart rate increase, it may reduce your ability to understand that situation and respond appropriately. This seems straightforward yet there is almost no scientific evidence for the link between internal sensations and mind reading.”


Read more: Messy people everywhere, scientists have incredibly good news for you…


If the only time you hear your heartbeat is with two fingers pressed hard onto a pulse point, fear not: there’s a chance you can train yourself in “heartbeat perception”.

Shah believes that practising locating our own heartbeats may benefit day-to-day wellbeing by improving our ability to interpret our own emotional state and enhancing our social interactions by better interpreting how others are feeling.

Images: iStock/Giphy

Related

lena dunham.JPG

Lena Dunham’s epic advice to her younger self on coping with anxiety

cadbury (2).jpg

It’s official: Dairy Milk is bringing back this beloved chocolate bar

books.jpg

Book-lovers, this intriguing new site will broaden your horizons

Comments

More

“How Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington gave my generation a voice"

The musician leaves a lasting legacy

by Sarah Biddlecombe
21 Jul 2017

The grossly sexist ads we can’t believe exist in the 21st century

From a Co-op egg to that deeply offensive Protein World poster

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Jul 2017

How your Love Island obsession is wreaking havoc with your health

Experts have genuinely issued a warning…

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Jul 2017

Boots won’t cut morning-after pill price because we can’t be trusted

Cheaper emergency contraception? Unprotected sex party at ours, everyone!

by Amy Swales
21 Jul 2017

Did Japan’s First Lady pretend not to speak English to ignore Trump?

Akie Abe, we salute you.

by Sarah Biddlecombe
21 Jul 2017

This 'Beer For Her' has managed to offend everyone on Twitter

Apparently womankind can only ever drink from pink receptacles

by Megan Murray
21 Jul 2017

This Instagram account is aiming to break the miscarriage taboo

Women are coming together to share their stories of loss

by Megan Murray
21 Jul 2017

Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who salary revealed after gender pay gap row

And it may surprise you…

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Jul 2017

Quiz: which famous duo are you and your work wife?

It’s time to find out, once and for all, who you and your work wife really are…

by Kayleigh Dray
20 Jul 2017

You’ve been making your tea wrong this whole time, reveal tea experts

Wait, what?

by Jasmine Andersson
20 Jul 2017