Coordination matters: Interpersonal synchrony influences collaborative problem-solving

Lynden Miles, Joanne Lumsden, Natasha Flannigan, Jamie Allsop, Dannette Marie

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Moving in time with others is a central characteristic of social life and has been shown to promote a host of social-cognitive attunements (e.g., person memory, affiliation, prosociality) for those involved. Less attention has been paid, however, to how the effects of coordination can serve higher-order goal-directed social behaviour. Here we explored whether interpersonal synchrony impacts performance on a collaborative problem-solving task. One hundred and ninety two participants completed a short movement exercise in pairs whereby coordination mode was manipulated (in-phase synchrony, asynchrony, control). Each pair then jointly discussed a problem-solving exercise while the degree to which coordination spontaneously emerged was assessed. The results revealed that collaboration was more effective following in-phase coordination. Of theoretical significance, both instructed and spontaneous synchrony were associated with better performance, with the short-term history of each dyad shaping precisely when coordination was functional. Overall, the synchronization of body movements appears to support effective collaboration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1857-1878
JournalPsychology
Volume8
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Miles, Lynden ; Lumsden, Joanne ; Flannigan, Natasha ; Allsop, Jamie ; Marie, Dannette. / Coordination matters : Interpersonal synchrony influences collaborative problem-solving. In: Psychology. 2017 ; Vol. 8, No. 11. pp. 1857-1878.
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Coordination matters : Interpersonal synchrony influences collaborative problem-solving. / Miles, Lynden; Lumsden, Joanne; Flannigan, Natasha; Allsop, Jamie ; Marie, Dannette.

In: Psychology, Vol. 8, No. 11, 01.09.2017, p. 1857-1878.

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