Can movement be used to reduce online aggression?
Synchronous movement has changes communication, mimicking behavior typically observed between friends. To explore if this effect can be applied to online interactions with strangers, I designed an experiment using the synchronous movement activity from my previous work to see if the prosocial advantages of synchrony would affect social media behavior.
After engaging in a movement activity in sync with a research assistant or a control movement activity, participants completed a social media task where they wrote comments in response to mock FaceBook posts, featuring three types of content: aggressive, neutral, or uninformed. The "FaceBook posters" were representative of diverse racial groups and genders. Participants rated their responses on their kindness and aggression. Finally, I conducted a content analysis on participants' responses to the posts to identify common themes. This project is in progress.