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  1. 1. 13. 1. 25. Web address: http://www.s ciencedaily.com/releas es /2012/12/ 121213104230.htm Social Synchronicity: Research Finds a Connection Between Bonding and Matched Movements Dec. 12, 2012 — Humans have a tendency to spontaneously synchronize their movements. For example, the footsteps of two friends walking together may synchronize, although neither individual is consciously aware that it is happening. Similarly, the clapping hands of an audience will naturally fall into synch. Although this type of synchronous body movement has been observed widely, its neurological mechanism and its role in social interactions remain obscure. In a new study, led by cognitive neuroscientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), researchers found that body-movement synchronization between two participants increases following a short session of cooperative training, suggesting that our ability to synchronize body movements is a measurable indicator of social interaction. A new study finds that body-movement "Our findings may provide a powerful tool for synchronization between two identifying the neural underpinnings of both participants increases following a short normal social interactions and impaired social session of cooperative training, interactions, such as the deficits that are often suggesting that our ability to associated with autism," says Shinsuke Shimojo, synchronize body movements is a Gertrude Baltimore Professor of Experimental measurable indicator of social Psychology at Caltech and senior author of the interaction. (Credit: © Yuri Arcurs / study. Fotolia) Shimojo, along with former postdoctoral scholar Kyongsik Yun, and Katsumi Watanabe, an associate professor at the University of Tokyo, presented their work in a paper published December 11 in Scientific Reports, an online and open-access journal from the Nature Publishing Group. For their study, the team evaluated the hypothesis that synchronous body movement is the basis for more explicit social interaction by measuring the amount of fingertip movement between two participants who were instructed to extend their arms and point their index fingers toward one another -- much like the famous scene in E.T. between the alien and Elliott. They were explicitly instructed to keep their own fingers as stationary as possible while keeping their eyes open. The researchers simultaneously recorded the neuronal activity of each participant using electroencephalography, or EEG, recordings. Their finger positions in space were recorded by a motion-capture system. 1/3
  2. 2. 13. 1. 25. The participants repeated the task eight times; the first two rounds were called pretraining sessions and the last two were posttraining sessions. The four sessions in between were the cooperative training sessions, in which one person -- a randomly chosen leader -- made a sequence of large finger movements, and the other participant was instructed to follow the movements. In the posttraining sessions, finger-movement correlation between the two participants was significantly higher compared to that in the pretraining sessions. In addition, socially and sensorimotor-related brain areas were more synchronized between the brains, but not within the brain, in the posttraining sessions. According to the researchers, this experiment, while simple, is novel in that it allows two participants to interact subconsciously while the amount of movement that could potentially disrupt measurement of the neural signal is minimized. "The most striking outcome of our study is that not only the body-body synchrony but also the brain-brain synchrony between the two participants increased after a short period of social interaction," says Yun. "This may open new vistas to study the brain-brain interface. It appears that when a cooperative relationship exists, two brains form a loose dynamic system." The team says this information may be potentially useful for romantic or business partner selection. "Because we can quantify implicit social bonding between two people using our experimental paradigm, we may be able to suggest a more socially compatible partnership in order to maximize matchmaking success rates, by preexamining body synchrony and its increase during a short cooperative session" explains Yun. As part of the study, the team also surveyed the subjects to rank certain social personality traits, which they then compared to individual rates of increased body synchrony. For example, they found that the participants who expressed the most social anxiety showed the smallest increase in synchrony after cooperative training, while those who reported low levels of anxiety had the highest increases in synchrony. The researchers plan to further evaluate the nature of the direct causal relationship between synchronous body movement and social bonding. Further studies may explore whether a more complex social interaction, such as singing together or being teamed up in a group game, increases synchronous body movements among the participants. "We may also apply our experimental protocol to better understand the nature and the neural correlates of social impairment in disorders where social deficits are a common symptom, as in schizophrenia or autism," says Shimojo. The title of the Scientific Reports paper is "Interpersonal body and neural synchronization as a marker of implicit social interaction." Funding for this research was provided by the Japan Science and Technology Agencys CREST and the Tamagawa-Caltech gCOE (global Center Of Excellence) programs. Share this story on F acebook, Twitter, and Google: Like 157 Tw eet 80 13 Other social bookmarking and sharing tools: Share on reddit Share on stumbleupon Share on pinterest_share Share on blogger Share on digg Share on fark Share on linkedin Share on myspace Share on newsvine | 2/3
  3. 3. 13. 1. 25. 39 Story Source: The above story is reprinted from materials provided by California Ins titute of Technology. The original article was written by Katie Neith. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length. For further information, please contact the source cited above. Journal Reference: 1. Kyongsik Yun, Katsumi Watanabe, Shinsuke Shimojo. Interpers onal body and neural s ynchroniz ation as a marker of implicit s ocial interaction. Scientific Reports, 2012; DOI: 10.1038/srep00959 Need to cite this story in your essay, paper, or report? Use one of the following formats: APA MLA California Institute of Technology (2012, December 12). Social synchronicity: Research finds a connection between bonding and matched movements. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 25, 2013, from http://www.sciencedaily.com​ /releases/2012/12/121213104230.htm Note: If no author is given, the source is cited instead. D isclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of ScienceDaily or its staff. 3/3