Encyclopedia of Educational Innovation

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Interpersonal Movement Coordination

  • Jesse RhoadesEmail author
  • Tim Hopper
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2262-4_97-1


Interpersonal Movement Coordination (IMC) is a phenomenon where an individual’s behaviors and actions become coordinated with, and replicate, the behaviors of other individuals in a particular social setting. This phenomenon has been discussed by different theorists working in different theoretical fields. For example, Albert Bandura suggests that in everyday activities humans coordinate their behaviors with other humans, often nonconsciously and without prompting, especially if the imitated behavior achieves the desired outcome of the task at hand. Likewise, research within social psychology on the social replication of behaviors has focused on the factors that underlie this behavior and the possible physiological mechanisms under which it operates (Chartrand and Lakin 2013). Collectively, such research supports that idea that, at its most basic, IMC constitutes a communication network that has evolved over time to provide shortcuts in learning essential survival skills...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of North DakotaGrand ForksUSA
  2. 2.University of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Alan Ovens
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  • Kathryn Strom
  1. 1.School of Curriculum and PedagogyUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand