Social Connection Through Joint Action and Interpersonal Coordination
Version of Record online: 13 APR 2009
Copyright © 2009 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.
Topics in Cognitive Science
Volume 1, Issue 2, pages 320–339, April 2009
How to Cite
Marsh, K. L., Richardson, M. J. and Schmidt, R. C. (2009), Social Connection Through Joint Action and Interpersonal Coordination. Topics in Cognitive Science, 1: 320–339. doi: 10.1111/j.1756-8765.2009.01022.x
- Issue online: 13 APR 2009
- Version of Record online: 13 APR 2009
- Received 9 April 2008; received in revised form 24 November 2008; accepted 11 December 2008
- Joint action;
- Social coordination;
- Social affordance;
- Social embedding;
The pull to coordinate with other individuals is fundamental, serving as the basis for our social connectedness to others. Discussed is a dynamical and ecological perspective to joint action, an approach that embeds the individual’s mind in a body and the body in a niche, a physical and social environment. Research on uninstructed coordination of simple incidental rhythmic movement, along with research on goal-directed, embodied cooperation, is reviewed. Finally, recent research is discussed that extends the coordination and cooperation studies, examining how synchronizing with another, and how emergent social units of perceiving and acting are reflected in people’s feelings of connection to others.