Going my way? The benefits of travelling in the same direction

Xun Irene Huang*, Ping Dong, Xianchi Dai, Robert S. Wyer

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Couples' marital satisfaction can depend on whether they commute to work in the same or different directions. Two surveys, conducted in the United States and Hong Kong, showed that partners' satisfaction with their relationship was greater when they traveled to work in the same direction than when they traveled in different directions. This was true regardless of whether the partners left for work at the same or different times. A controlled laboratory study eliminated alternative interpretations of the survey findings, showing that even randomly paired participants reported greater attraction to one another when they walked to an experimental task in the same direction rather than in different directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)978-981
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Experimental Social Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2012


  • Embodiment
  • Interpersonal evaluation
  • Marital satisfaction
  • Shared direction metaphor
  • Social cognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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