Interpersonal synchrony affects performers’ sense of agency

Paul Reddish, Eddie M.W. Tong, Jonathan Jong, Harvey Whitehouse

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    We investigated if interpersonal synchrony can lead to a sense of agency over another’s movement (extended self-agency). In Experiment 1, we found that extended self-agency was greater during synchrony than asynchrony. However, we also found that synchrony boosted participants’ sense that the other performer had agency over their actions (extended other-agency). This finding may have been because synchrony created a sense of distributed agency. If so, then manipulating the degree of influence participants have over their partner’s behavior should boost extended self-agency when leading and extended other-agency when following. Experiment 2 confirmed these predictions. We also found synchrony created a sense of joint-agency. These results show how interpersonal synchrony can modulate a core aspect of the self.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)389-411
    Number of pages23
    JournalSelf and Identity
    Issue number4
    Early online date22 Apr 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2020


    • agency
    • coordination
    • joint action
    • self
    • Synchrony

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Psychology(all)


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