I can't seem to find a link to this snippet as the print version of the latest Psychology Today, hasnt published it online yet, but Matthew Hutson had a neat little observation about team mates that ass slap, fist each other, and high five.
With the NBA playoffs under way, you might consider a predictive metric when making your bets: high fives. Touch enhances cooperation and reduces anxiety, and new research suggests that it might even improve a team's performance on the court.
Michale Kraus and collaborators at UC Berkeley counted celebratory contact such as fist bumps, and head slaps among all 30 NBA teams early in the 2008-2009 season. They also looked at cooperative behavior such as passing and setting blocks. Finally, they analyzed individual and team performance over the season.
Teams that touched more cooperated more, which made them play better throughout the season. (The researchers tried to rule out general team cohesion and cooperation by controlling for roster stability.) Touch appeared to solidify relationships and make players work better together.
Kraus recommends making work and family life full-contact sports, too. But use touch appropriately, he warns: "Chest bumps are not going to carry over to your office."
Key words "roster stability" make the White Sox a perfect test subject for Kraus to carry over his research to baseball, imo.