Social connection on the dance floor: movement coordination in small group silent disco leads to greater self-other overlap

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Abstract

Social motor coordination (SMC), defined as the intentional or unintentional coordination of movement between individuals in a social setting, has been linked to greater feelings of rapport and social connectedness. Here, we investigated this relationship using a silent disco paradigm where groups of 3 or 4 individuals danced to either the same music or different music. Visual information was manipulated by initially separating the participants with curtains (2 minutes), after which the curtains were opened (10 minutes). Head movements were recorded with a wireless motion tracking system attached to the silent disco headphones. Rapport and social connectedness measures were obtained using questionnaires completed after participation in the silent disco. Results showed that groups who listened to the same music exhibited a greater degree of SMC than groups that listened to different music. Greater degrees of SMC were also observed when group members were able to see one another. Finally, greater SMC was associated with perceptions of increased self-other overlap and interaction quality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 45th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
EditorsM. Goldwater, F. K. Anggoro, B. K. Hayes, D. C. Ong
Place of PublicationSeattle, WA
PublisherCognitive Science Society
Pages478-485
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventAnnual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (45th : 2023) - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 26 Jul 202330 Jul 2023

Publication series

NameAnnual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
Volume45
ISSN (Electronic)1069-7977

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (45th : 2023)
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CitySydney
Period26/07/2330/07/23

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Keywords

  • interpersonal coordination
  • social motor coordination
  • social bonding
  • dance

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