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Mon Oct 04 2004

Media: Scientific American, Heartbeat Poetry

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        1.    Madalena Cruz-Ferreira, Media: Scientific American, Heartbeat Poetry



Message 1: Media: Scientific American, Heartbeat Poetry

Date: 03-Oct-2004
From: Madalena Cruz-Ferreira <ellmcfnus.edu.sg>
Subject: Media: Scientific American, Heartbeat Poetry


The October 2004 issue of Scientific American contains a report on research
 that shows the effects of reading poetry on regulating your heartbeat. The
 study concerned hexameters, in their original language and in German
 translations.
 
 An excerpt: ''Reciting the Iliad could have epic effects on your health.
 German physiologists have recently shown that such poetry can get your
 heart beating in time with your breaths. This synchronization may improve
 gas exchange in the lungs as well as the body's sensitivity and
 responsiveness to blood pressure changes.''
 
 A summary is at :
 http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleID=00075241-741B-1150-B36283414B7F0000&ref=sciam&chanID=sa006
 
 Registration is required to access the whole article.
 
 Madalena
 ellmcfnus.edu.sg 
 http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/ellmcf/ ;
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