The Social Body Lab studies connections among social bonding, group physical activity, and health in everyday human behaviour and culture.

We are interested in the evolution and psychology of social bonding and support in humans, particularly in relation to physical activity and function.


Lots of anecdotal evidence points to a strong association between group physical activity, such as in dance, play, exercise or sport, and feelings of social closeness and friendship.

Similarly, lots of evidence suggests that the support of good friends improves health, wellbeing and physical performance.






To better understand how these links work in everyday settings, we conduct laboratory experiments and field investigations with adults and children, and across different cultural contexts.

Our studies explore the effects of group coordination, synchrony, and physical exertion on social bonding, and the effects of social support and bonding on performance and wellbeing.