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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