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Shared experience

People spend much of their lives in the company of other people, often engaging in similar activities but not directly or explicitly communicating. For example, people commonly listen to music at concerts, view artwork in galleries, and watch television socially but silently. How does jointly attending to things change people's experiences of them? We find that merely simply in an activity at the same time that another person does amplifies people's experiences, making good experiences even better, and bad experiences even worse.

Publications

Boothby, Clark, & Bargh (2014) Psychological Science

Boothby, Smith, Clark, & Bargh (2016) Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

Boothby, Smith, Clark, & Bargh (2017) Personal Relationships