Coordination Matters: Interpersonal Synchrony Influences Collaborative Problem-Solving

Lynden K. Miles, Joanne Lumsden, Natasha Flannigan, Jamie S. 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
Number of pages22
JournalPsychology
Volume8
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sep 2017

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Keywords

  • Interpersonal Synchrony
  • Coordination
  • Problem Solving
  • Social Interaction
  • Collaboration

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Miles, L. K., Lumsden, J., Flannigan, N., Allsop, J. S., & Marie, D. (2017). Coordination Matters: Interpersonal Synchrony Influences Collaborative Problem-Solving. Psychology, 8(11), 1857-1878. https://doi.org/10.4236/psych.2017.811121

Coordination Matters : Interpersonal Synchrony Influences Collaborative Problem-Solving. / Miles, Lynden K.; Lumsden, Joanne; Flannigan, Natasha; Allsop, Jamie S.; Marie, Dannette.

In: Psychology, Vol. 8, No. 11, 26.09.2017, p. 1857-1878.

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Miles, LK, Lumsden, J, Flannigan, N, Allsop, JS & Marie, D 2017, 'Coordination Matters: Interpersonal Synchrony Influences Collaborative Problem-Solving', Psychology, vol. 8, no. 11, pp. 1857-1878. https://doi.org/10.4236/psych.2017.811121
Miles, Lynden K. ; Lumsden, Joanne ; Flannigan, Natasha ; Allsop, Jamie S. ; Marie, Dannette. / Coordination Matters : Interpersonal Synchrony Influences Collaborative Problem-Solving. In: Psychology. 2017 ; Vol. 8, No. 11. pp. 1857-1878.
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