Event Title

Behavioral synchrony's prediction of task attraction: The instrumentality theory of interpersonal attraction

Faculty-Student Collaboration

1

Faculty Sponsor(s)

John Thoburn, Ph.D.,Other faculty member, please identify

Project Type

Completed quantitative research study

Primary Department

Clinical Psychology

Description

The study aims to highlight the relationship between behavioral synchrony and task attraction, the desire to work with another toward a shared goal. This study provides an empirical evaluation of the novel, unifying theory of attraction as guided by instrumentality. Participants included 104 individuals who were paired for an activity, behaviorally coded, and asked ratings of attraction towards their study partner. Bivariate correlations indicated that behavioral synchrony was significantly associated with task attraction; partial correlations revealed a strengthened relationship between the two, controlling for other components of attraction. The results provide the first source of direct empirical justification for the instrumentality theory of attraction.

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This poster was also displayed at the Crossroads of Couple and Family Psychology, Evanston, IL, June 2017

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Behavioral synchrony's prediction of task attraction: The instrumentality theory of interpersonal attraction

The study aims to highlight the relationship between behavioral synchrony and task attraction, the desire to work with another toward a shared goal. This study provides an empirical evaluation of the novel, unifying theory of attraction as guided by instrumentality. Participants included 104 individuals who were paired for an activity, behaviorally coded, and asked ratings of attraction towards their study partner. Bivariate correlations indicated that behavioral synchrony was significantly associated with task attraction; partial correlations revealed a strengthened relationship between the two, controlling for other components of attraction. The results provide the first source of direct empirical justification for the instrumentality theory of attraction.