Observing synchrony in dyads: effects on observers' expectations and intentions

Pedro Marques-Quinteiro*, André Mata, Cláudia Simão, Rui Gaspar, Ana Rita Farias

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This research tested whether observing members of a dyad behave in synchrony influences observers' expectations and intentions about that dyad. In four studies, participants observed a dyad move in synchrony and were asked to make inferences about them. Results suggest that interpersonal synchrony serves as a social cue, such that observers expect the members of the dyad to work well together. Moreover, synchrony makes observers more likely to want to affiliate with the dyad. These findings shed light on how the social function of synchrony extends beyond the people who experience it to those who observe it.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-184
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Adaptability
  • Affiliation
  • Collective efficacy
  • Dyads
  • Interpersonal synchrony


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