Effects of complementary control on the coordination dynamics of joint-action

Lillian Rigoli, Veronica Romero, Kevin Shockley, Gregory J. Funke, Adam J. Strang, Michael J. Richardson

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Previous research has revealed that the behavioral dynamics of joint-action can naturally emerge from the physical and informational constraints that define a shared task-goal. The emergence of complementary actions is often an inherent aspect of robust and flexible joint-action performance. We examined the interpersonal coordination and control that emerged between two individuals performing a virtual labyrinth ball-control game. Key manipulations involved whether control was symmetrical (i.e. both individuals had full control of the board tilt) or asymmetrical (i.e. one with control of the x-axis of tilt and the other with control of the y-axis of tilt). Data on a solo individual two-handed version of the task was also collected for comparison purposes. Our results revealed that the patterns of synergistic coordination that emerged were similar for pairs and individuals, and that both pairs and individuals maintain task success by mutually adapting the coordination and control dynamics across different task manipulations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCOGSCI 2015
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
EditorsD. C. Noelle, R. Dale, A. S. Warlaumont, J. Yoshimi, T. Matlock, C. D. Jennings, P. P. Maglio
Place of PublicationAustin, TX
PublisherCognitive Science Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780991196722
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (37th : 2015) - Pasadena, United States
Duration: 22 Jul 201525 Jul 2015


ConferenceAnnual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (37th : 2015)
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • interpersonal coordination
  • joint-action
  • recurrence analysis
  • motor-control

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