Development of interpersonal coordination between peers during a drumming task

Hinke M. Endedijk*, Veronica C.O. Ramenzoni, Ralf F.A. Cox, Antonius H. N. Cillessen, Harold Bekkering, Sabine Hunnius

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During social interaction, the behavior of interacting partners becomes coordinated. Although interpersonal coordination is well-studied in adults, relatively little is known about its development. In this project we explored how 2-, 3-, and 4-year-old children spontaneously coordinated their drumming with a peer. Results showed that all children adapted their drumming to their partner's drumming by starting and stopping their drumming in a coordinated fashion, but only 4-year-olds adapted the rhythmic structure of their drumming to their partner's drumming. In all age groups, children showed similarly stable drumming. Typically, it was 1 of the 2 children who initiated drumming throughout the session. The results of this study offer new insights into the development of interpersonal coordination abilities in early childhood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)714-721
Number of pages8
JournalDevelopmental Psychology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015


  • Drumming
  • Early childhood
  • Interpersonal coordination
  • Synchronization


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