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Synchrony in heartbeat: Exploring physiological co-occurrence during collaborative action of police-teams

Brinkmann, Janine (2023) Synchrony in heartbeat: Exploring physiological co-occurrence during collaborative action of police-teams.

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Abstract:This multimodal study investigated the co-occurrence of physiological arousal among police team members and their coordinative actions during collaboration in a VR setting. Four police teams of ten police officers participated. This exploratory study revealed that moments of physiological co-occurrence occurred in all four teams, but the frequency and duration varied. Additionally, results indicate that teams consisting of two team members shared more physiological co-occurrence than teams of three. Patterns in stress levels and contextual factors related to the emergence of physiological co-occurrence were identified. A chi-square test further found that teams engaged in a wider variety of coordinative actions during moments of high physiological co-occurrence, while in moments without co-occurrence, they shifted their attention outside the team. Regarding the potential effects of physiological co-occurrence, a Mann-Whitney U test could not indicate a difference in the amount of physiological co-occurrence between more vs less effective teams. Overall, the results provide evidence of the significance of physiological co-occurrence within police teams and enrich the comprehension of the emergence and potential effects of physiological co-occurrence in collaborative action teams. This study demonstrated that VR is a promising method for research purposes for fine-grained investigations of complex and multifaceted collaboration processes.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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