Here we review a range of interpersonal and multiagent phenomena that demonstrate how the formal and conceptual principles of symmetry, and spontaneous and explicit symmetry-breaking, can be employed to investigate, understand, and model the lawful dynamics that underlie selforganized social action and behavioral coordination. In doing so, we provided a brief introduction to group theory and discuss how symmetry groups can be used to predict and explain the patterns of multiagent coordination that are possible within a given task context. Finally, we argue that the theoretical principles of symmetry and symmetry-breaking provide an ideal and highly generalizable framework for understanding the behavioral order that characterizes everyday social activity.
|Title of host publication||Contextuality from quantum physics to psychology|
|Editors||Ehtibar Dzhafarov, Scott Jordan, Ru Zhang, Victor Cervantes|
|Place of Publication||Singapore|
|Number of pages||58|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Name||Advanced series on mathematical psychology|
Richardson, M. J., & Kallen, R. W. (2016). Symmetry-breaking and the contextual emergence of human multiagent coordination and social activity. In E. Dzhafarov, S. Jordan, R. Zhang, & V. Cervantes (Eds.), Contextuality from quantum physics to psychology (pp. 229-286). (Advanced series on mathematical psychology; Vol. 6). Singapore: World Scientific. Contextuality from quantum physics to psychology https://doi.org/10.1142/9789814730617_0011