Linking in Synchrony in Bury!

02 July, 2024

Here children from Bury were concentrating carefully in order to move in synchrony with their partners on their linking day at Burnley Youth Theatre. Lots of fun was had as they tried hard to mirror each other’s actions. However it was not solely planned for the fun element. Research has shown that this ‘synchrony’ has an important role to play in strengthening social connections.

Dr Lindsey Cameron – The Linking Network’s Researcher in Residence – has recently been exploring the impact of ‘synchrony’ or “the spontaneous rhythmic coordination of actions, emotions, thoughts, and physiological processes across time between two or more individuals”.  It has been found that when this ‘coming together’ happens, it strengthens social bonds and connections and makes us happy as these moments are rare and special. Research has shown that this can lead to: building a sense of collective identity; understanding of others’ cultural values and inclusion of out-group members and feelings of belongingness (Dillon, 2006; Marsh, 2012). Therefore deliberately including synchronous activities in Linking can really help develop the link between the two classes and strengthen the impact of the programme.

Here is another example of this happening on a linking day when two classes met in Calderdale and enjoyed dancing together in synchrony.

How many other examples of ‘synchronised activities’ could be added into our work?

(Click here to see more examples from this event via X – Twitter.)

For more information on the research of Dr Lindsey Cameron, click here.

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