Interacting in Flow: An Analysis of Rapport-Based Behavior as Optimal Experience

Nelson, Andrew A.; Grahe, Jon E.; Ramseyer, Fabian (2016). Interacting in Flow: An Analysis of Rapport-Based Behavior as Optimal Experience. SAGE Open, 6(4), p. 215824401668417. SAGE 10.1177/2158244016684173

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Theorists have long noted the nebulousness of dyadic rapport and its nonverbal correlates. In response to Tickle-Degnen’s call for a more theoretically complete analysis of the rapport construct, we empirically evaluated her adaptation of Csíkszentmihályi’s optimal experience model with the hope of better conceptualizing rapport’s behavioral manifestations. Dyads (Ndyad = 50) engaged in two interdependent tasks and completed a battery of post-task measures gauging their mood and experiences of rapport. To complement self-report measures, we coded rapport-based behavior using both subjective (thin-slice judgments) and objective (Motion Energy Analysis) methodologies. According to Tickle-Degnen’s model, dyadic exchanges with moderate levels of expressivity and interpersonal coordination should yield the highest levels of rapport. Although data from our objective coding did not trend in this manner, subjective measurements of coordinated expressivity matched the paradigm’s prediction. To our knowledge, this is the first study to empirically support Tickle-Degnen’s hypothesis and a novel step toward clarifying the rapport construct.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Ramseyer, Fabian

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

2158-2440

Publisher:

SAGE

Language:

English

Submitter:

Dr. phil. Fabian Ramseyer

Date Deposited:

15 Mar 2017 16:36

Last Modified:

15 Mar 2017 16:36

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/2158244016684173

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.92659

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/92659

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