Article

Still want to help? Interpersonal coordination's effects on helping behaviour after a 24 hour delay

Citation

Cross L, Michael J, Wilsdon L, Henson A & Atherton G (2020) Still want to help? Interpersonal coordination's effects on helping behaviour after a 24 hour delay. Acta Psychologica, 206, Art. No.: 103062. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2020.103062

Abstract
A fast-growing literature is establishing how moving in time together has pro-social consequences, though no work to date has explored the persistence of these effects over time. Across two studies, people who had previously performed coordinated movements were over three times more likely to give their time to help their co-actor when asked 24 hours later than those who had performed a similar but uncoordinated task. Findings showed that group-level categorisation, but not social affiliation, partially mediated helping behaviour. This provides preliminary evidence that the pro-social effects of coordination are sustainable over a longer period than previously reported, and that the effects of coordination upon pro-social motivation may be more related to changes in group level categorisations than increased social affiliations.

Keywords
Synchrony; Coordination; Deindividuation; Pro-social behaviour; Altruism; Helping; Entrainment

Journal
Acta Psychologica: Volume 206

StatusPublished
FundersEuropean Research Council
Publication date31/05/2020
Publication date online19/05/2020
Date accepted by journal12/03/2020
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/31531
PublisherElsevier BV
ISSN0001-6918
eISSN1873-6297