Joint action: Mental representations, shared information and general mechanisms for coordinating with others

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  • Cordula Vesper
  • Ekaterina Abramova
  • ,
  • Judith Bütepage
  • ,
  • Francesca Ciardo
  • ,
  • Benjamin Crossey
  • ,
  • Alfred Effenberg
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  • Dayana Hristova
  • ,
  • April Karlinsky
  • ,
  • Luke McEllin
  • ,
  • Sari Nijssen
  • ,
  • Laura Schmitz
  • ,
  • Basil Wahn
In joint action, multiple people coordinate their actions to perform a task together. This often requires precise temporal and spatial coordination. How do co-actors achieve this? How do they coordinate their actions towards a shared task goal? Here we provide an overview of the mental representations involved in joint action, discuss how co-actors share sensorimotor information and what general mechanisms support coordination with others. By deliberately extending the review to aspects such as the cultural context in which a joint action takes place, we pay tribute to the complex and variable nature of this social phenomenon.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Pages (from-to)2039
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • Joint Action, Social interaction, action prediction, joint attention, Culture, Sensorimotor Communication, Coordination

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