Behavioral dynamics of a joint-action object movement and passing task

Auriel Washburn, James Evans, Maurice Lamb, Rachel W. Kallen, Steven J. Harrison, Michael J. Richardson

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When two people load a dishwasher their behaviors are not prescribed in advance. Nonetheless their actions become so coordinated that they come to behave as a single unit rather than a pair of independent individuals. Cohesive yet highly flexible interaction such as this also occurs between friends clearing a table or tidying a room, among athletes on a sports team, and between improvising musicians or dancers. Determining the behavioral dynamics (Warren, 2006) of these multi-agent behaviors requires understanding how the physical, informational and biomechanical properties of the agent-environment task context operate to constrain how, what and when different action
possibilities and action mode transitions occur. With this in mind, the aim of the current study was to investigate and model the behavioral dynamics of a joint action object movement and passing task.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in perception and action XIII
Subtitle of host publication18th International Conference on Perception and Action
EditorsJulie A. Weast-Knapp, MaryLauren Malone, Drew H. Abney
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPsychology Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781317329008, 9781315657752
ISBN (Print)9781138998322
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Perception and Action (18th : 2015) - Minneapolis, United States
Duration: 14 Jul 201518 Jul 2015


ConferenceInternational Conference on Perception and Action (18th : 2015)
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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