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Our research explores i) effects of interpersonal coordination, synchrony, and physical exertion on social bonding and cooperation, and ii) effects of social support and bonding on performance and wellbeing.
Bonding refers to positive emotional states and behaviours that characterise affiliation and attachment among individuals. Physical exertion is construed broadly, and includes a variety of activities that social scientists have long thought contribute to social cohesion, from ceremonial dancing to team sports.
We investigate psychological and interpersonal mechanisms thought to explain the association between movement and bonding across these diverse domains of culture. More specifically, we examine the effects of coordinated movement and exercise intensity, form, and context on social bonding, and the effects of bonding on motivation, enjoyment, and performance in exercise and on biological and psychological mechanisms of pain and fatigue. There are established associations between physical activity, social bonding, and health and wellbeing. We hope our research can have real-world relevance and impact for a broad audience.