Moving with the in-crowd: Cooperation and interpersonal entrainment in in- vs. out- groups

Cross, L. * and Turgeon, M. and Atherton, G. * (2019) Moving with the in-crowd: Cooperation and interpersonal entrainment in in- vs. out- groups. Current Psychology. ISSN 1046 1310

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Interpersonal entrainment or moving together in time, has been shown to cultivate pro-social behaviours amongst those who take part. Converging evidence suggests that its pro-social effects may be intertwined with how we classify ourselves and our co-actor in group terms. However, it is not currently clear if a well-established collective identity, such as national identities, influences entrainment’s effects on our actual behaviours, such as cooperation. The current studies tested whether greater cooperation was seen following synchronous versus asynchronous movements when people were moving with somebody of the same vs. a different nationality. As expected, results showed greater cooperation following synchronous vs asynchronous movements amongst people of different socio-cultural backgrounds, but not amongst those with a common socio-cultural background. Potential explanations for these results are explored, suggesting that entrainment and its social effects may be modulated by our group identities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: entrainment; synchrony; coordination; joint action; cooperation; pro-sociality
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Others > Non Sunway Academics
Sunway University > School of Engineering and Technology [formerly School of Science and Technology until 2020] > Dept. Psychology moved to SMLS wef 2021
Depositing User: Dr Janaki Sinnasamy
Date Deposited: 09 May 2019 02:12
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2019 07:42

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