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The same drummer

2009-02-05 20:16:43.147761+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Saying "Here's why you sing hymns in church while they pass the offering plate around", Rafe pointed out Paul Kedrosky: Never sing on the trading floor, which quotes Synchrony and Cooperation by Scott S. Wiltermuth and Chip Heath:


Armies, churches, organizations, and communities often engage in activities—for example, marching, singing, and dancing—that lead group members to act in synchrony with each other. Anthropologists and sociologists have speculated that rituals involving synchronous activity may produce positive emotions that weaken the psychological boundaries between the self and the group. This article explores whether synchronous activity may serve as a partial solution to the free-rider problem facing groups that need to motivate their members to contribute toward the collective good. Across three experiments, people acting in synchrony with others cooperated more in subsequent group economic exercises, even in situations requiring personal sacrifice. Our results also showed that positive emotions need not be generated for synchrony to foster cooperation. In total, the results suggest that acting in synchrony with others can increase cooperation by strengthening social attachment among group members.

[ related topics: Religion Psychology, Psychiatry and Personality Community Economics ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2009-02-05 20:50:37.812065+00 by: Larry Burton

You stand to sing the hymns so you can more easily reach into your pocket for the money.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-02-06 04:43:11.611376+00 by: meuon

There is a wonderful "gestalt" when contra dancing sometimes.. Everyone has been dancing together for a few songs, the band, caller and dancers all "click" and a joyous feeling hits you when everyone stomps their feet on a "lines forward and back" (or some other move) at the same time. I've felt it, it also happens at a good rave. But never, ever while square dancing 'cause you don't smile in squares unless told to.