The Courtship Dance: Patterns of Nonverbal Synchronization in Opposite-Sex Encounters

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This study examines the existence of behavioral correlates of synchronization on different levels of analysis and methods. We were unable to demonstrate a relation between synchronization defined in terms of movement echo or position mirroring and subjective experience of pleasure and interest in opposite-sex encounters. Significant results were found for a phenomenon we describe as hierarchically patterned synchronization. These patterns were identified with the help of a newly developed search algorithm. If a female is interested in a male, highly complex patterns of behavior with a constant time structure emerge. The patterns are pair-specific and independent from behavioral content. This rhythmic structure of interactions is discussed in functional terms of human courtship.

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Grammer, K., Kruck, K.B. & Magnusson, M.S. The Courtship Dance: Patterns of Nonverbal Synchronization in Opposite-Sex Encounters. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior 22, 3–29 (1998). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1022986608835

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Keywords

  • Constant Time
  • Social Psychology
  • Search Algorithm
  • Complex Pattern
  • Subjective Experience