Nov 10th 2010 By Jeremy Taylor
Our happy hour fact to amaze drinking buddies with.
The number of times basketball teammates touch each other is directly correlated with team success.
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco watched video from the entire 2008–2009 NBA season
to determine how many times each player exchanged high-fives, fist bumps, back slaps and other similar pleasantries.
After controlling for factors such as team payroll and preseason expectations, the researchers were able to determine that the more teammates touched, the more their team won.
The reason for this, the study concluded, is because touchy-feely teammates are more cooperative teammates. What the study wasn't able to determine is whether touching breeds cooperation or vice versa, but its author suggests it's probably some of both.
The authors also posit that touching-equals-success probably holds true in other team sports. As for transferring this strategy to your workplace team? Well, that's obviously a lawsuit waiting to happen.