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The role of synchronicity in signage is investigated in two studies. Synchronicity has been theoretically linked to solidarity or a feeling of unity. In this research, we empirically investigate the effects of depicting synchronicity in signage using the visual principle of rhythm. Rhythm in images to create synchronicity in signage increases entitativity and a sense of belonging. We demonstrate key effects that can be leveraged in shaping consumer inferences in community and commercial contexts. Finally, we demonstrate the effectiveness of this strategy, but only when prior perceptions of belonging are absent. Implications for theory and future research are discussed.
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