Marching to different drummer `bad` for group success

Washington D.C, Feb 10 (ANI): To be a successful group, coordination is important and for that, you need to find companions, who march to the beat of your own drum, according to a new study.

The McGill University finding has the potential to help us predict for each person how successful they will be in a group task, depending on how similar their partners are to them in their internal rhythms.

Researcher Caroline Palmer said that they found that pairs of musicians (pianists) with similar rates of solo music performance are better at synchronizing the timing of tone onsets during piano duets than partners with different solo performance rates.

Palmer explained that that they think this could extend to interpersonal synchrony in other fields, such as recreational activities like jogging, where health benefits may be greatest when partners are matched for rates; or in education, when teachers and students are matched in conversational speech rates; and especially in sports, such as tennis doubles, pairs skating or team rowing.

The McGill research team found that solo rates are a stable predictor of coordination between individuals. There were no group differences in other factors known to influence coordination, such as years of musical training and age at which pianists started musical training. This suggests that solo rates are the only difference in partners’ duet coordination between matched and mismatched pairs.

First author Anna Zamm said that these findings suggest that coordination of timing with a partner is facilitated by similarity of partners’ individual movement speeds.

Palmer noted that it does not matter whether each individual is strong or weak – it’s the match in force that matters.

The study appears in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. (ANI)

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