Working together as one: achieving social coordination through positive emotions and self-regulatory resources Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Vacharkulksemsuk, Tanya
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Social coordination (SC) is a phenomenon that plays out in a host of everyday instances (e.g., flight crew, sports teams), characterized by multiple actors working toward one goal. This study examines the role of emotions and self-regulatory resources (SRR) in facilitating SC among dyads. Ninety-seven pairs of same-sex strangers were recruited for the study and randomly assigned to a SRR manipulation and a partner emotional connectivity task. Following the experimental manipulations, pairs played a laboratory-based SC card game, and then returned one week later to play a second round of the game. Results do not confirm the prediction that positive emotions facilitate SC, and mixed results appear for the interaction of emotions and SRR in facilitating SC. Notably, time emerges as a significant predictor of all SC measures, although no hypotheses were formulated for this effect. Strengths and limitations, and avenues for future research are discussed.
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